The Lady Vanishes Overview:

The Lady Vanishes (1938) was a Comedy - Mystery Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Edward Black.

SYNOPSIS

The high point of Hitchcock's British films is a beguiling mystery story. A group of English travelers on a train across Europe includes a sweet old woman (Whitty)...for a while. Lockwood and Redgrave get pulled into a web of intrigue when, after Lockwood gets beaned on the head, the lady disappears, leaving only her name written in frost on the window. When they set out to find her, Lockwood's memory and sanity are questioned, particularly by a scheming Lukas. The Hitchcock touches, the sly wit, the unsuspecting hero plunged into a baffling situation, are already apparent. The special edition video includes a documentary on Hitchcock's famous cameo appearances. Remade in 1979 with Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd.

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THE LADY VANISHES is a 1979 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's much more famous (and better) 1938 film with the same title. The '79 THE LADY VANISHES is now best known as being the last theatrically-released feature that Hammer Films was involved in during the 20th Century. The head of Hammer, Michael Car... Read full article


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By Stephen Reginald on Oct 10, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

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Review: The Lady Vanishes (1938)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 16, 2018 From 4 Star Films

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on Jun 23, 2017 From Caftan Woman

Who is the movie character that sets your heart aflutter? Font and Frock and Silver Scenes are hosting, for the second year, the Reel Infatuation Blogathon running from June 23 to June 25. Day 1 recap Day 2 recap Day 3 recap The delightful comic-thriller The Lady Vanishes was adapted by Sidn... Read full article


REEL INFATUATION BLOGATHON: The dashing Gilbert of The Lady Vanishes (1938)

By Caftan Woman on Jun 23, 2017 From Caftan Woman

Who is the movie character that sets your heart aflutter? Font and Frock and Silver Scenes are hosting, for the second year, the Reel Infatuation Blogathon running from June 23 to June 25. The delightful comic-thriller The Lady Vanishes was adapted by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder from Ethel L... Read full article


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Quotes from

Iris Henderson: I was having tea about an hour ago with an English lady. You saw her, didn't you?
Charters: Well, I don't know, I mean, I was talking to my friend, wasn't I?
Caldicott: Indubitably.
Iris Henderson: Yes, but you were sitting at the next table. She turned and borrowed the sugar. You must remember.
Charters: Yes, I recall passing the sugar.
Iris Henderson: Well then you saw her.
Charters: I repeat we were deep in conversation. We were discussing cricket.
Iris Henderson: Well, I don't see how a thing like cricket can make you forget seeing people.
Charters: Oh, don't you? If that's your attitude, there's nothing more to be said! Come Caldicott. "A thing like cricket!"
Gilbert: Wrong tactics. We should've told him we were looking for a lost cricket ball.


Charters: If only we hadn't missed that train at Budapest.
Caldicott: Well, I don't want to rub it in, but if you hadn't insisted on standing up until they'd finished their national anthem...
Charters: Yes, but you must show respect, Caldicott. If I'd known it was going to last twenty minutes...
Caldicott: It has always been my contention that the Hungarian Rhapsody is *not* their national anthem.


Iris: Boris? Miss Henderson speaking. Look, someone upstairs is playing musical chairs with an elephant. Move one of them out, will you? I want to get some sleep.


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Facts about

In the original cut, as seen in the 25th Anniversary national re-release of 1963, Charters and Caldicott have to share the same pair of pyjamas in the hotel after Charters has accidentally dropped his in the water jug. In later years and showings this innocent preamble has been snipped out and we cut straight to them in bed together. Though we can still see Charters' pyjamas hanging up to dry during the scene the explanation has disappeared.
Gilbert says he once drove "a miniature engine on the Dymchurch line". The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a real-life miniature (1/3 normal size) railway in southeast England, which in 2003 still uses steam locomotives and carries passengers over 13 miles of route.
The fictitious country where most of the story takes place is named in the movie: in her first scene, Miss Froy says, "Bandrika is one of Europe's few undiscovered corners." The first two stations in the movie are identified by briefly visible signs, and the third in dialog: they are Zolnay, Dravka, and Morsken.
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