THE LADY VANISHES (U)
D: Alfred Hitchcock
Gaumont/ABFD (Edward Black)
W: Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder [based
on the novel "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White]
DP: Jack Cox
Ed: Alfred Roome & R. E. Dearing
Mus: Louis Levy
Margaret Lockwood (Iris
Henderson), Michael Redgrave(Gilbert Redman), Dame May Whitty(Miss Froy), Paul Lukas (Dr. Egon Hartz), Basil Radford (Charters)
Classic Hitchcock suspense which, as well as his previous film
(The 39 Steps) saw the great director make in-roads to direct films in America.
On a train journey through a politically charged Europe, an
elderly British nanny is abducted, and the woman who shared a compartment with her finds that everybody else on the train doubts her very existence.
The first 30 minutes of the film seems like something
completely different however, set in an overbooked hotel and adopting the style of a screwball comedy and feeling incredibly outdated. In fact, if one were to skip though the opening act and
straight to the scenes aboard the train, it would make little difference to the overall film.
Still, it remains amongst Hitchcock's greatest films, despite
being very early on in the famous director's career.