In this best-loved of Hitchcock's British-made thrillers, a young woman on a train meets a charming old lady (Dame May Whitty), who promptly disappears. The other passengers deny ever having seen her, leading the young woman to suspect a conspiracy. When she begins investigating, she is drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure.
At first glance The Lady Vanishes appears to be a frothy, lightweight treat, a testament to Alfred Hitchcock's nimble touch. This snappy, sophisticated romantic thriller begins innocently enough, as a contingent of eccentric tourists spend the night in a picture-postcard village inn nestled in the Swiss Alps before setting off on the train the next morning. In a wonderfully Hitchcockian twist on "meeting cute," attractive young Iris (Margaret Lockwood) clashes with brash music student Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) when his nocturnal concerts give her no peace. She gets him kicked out of his room, so he barges in on hers: True love is inevitable, but not before they are both plunged into an international conspiracy. The next day on the train, kindly old Mrs. Froy (Dame May Whitty) vanishes from her train car without a trace and the once quarrelsome couple unite to search the train and uncover a dastardly plot. No one is as he or she seems, but sorting out the villains from the merely mysterious is a challenge in itself, as our innocents abroad face resistance from the entire passenger list. Hitchcock effortlessly navigates this vivid thriller from light comedy to high tension and back again, creating one of his most enchanting and entertaining mysteries. Though this wasn't his final British film before departing for Hollywood (that honor goes to Jamaica Inn), many critics prefer to think of this as his fond farewell to the British Film Industry. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have seen many versions of The Lady Vanishes ,but this version by Alfred Hitchcock's is the best, I am so pleased to have it in my collection. Joan APublished 22 months ago by J. M. Arnold
The quality is quite good but it is probably not possible to improve them any more than this. These movies are a little too old for me. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2011 by Movie Nut
This was a waste of money. The disk would not play on any machine. Don't buy thisPublished on Oct. 30 2009 by Simon Parker
Spunky Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) boards a train in Eastern Europe on her way to be married in England. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2009 by Kona
Alfred Hitchcock wasn't too good at straight-out comedy, which he only did once that I can remember. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2007 by EA Solinas
First the usual warnings: caveat emptor, you get what you pay for, etc. etc. etc., yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by C. T. Mikesell
This is early Hitchcock and you can see the talent that was already there. He made this story into a great suspense film, even though there were quite a few implausibilities. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Anonymous
The Lady vanishes is one of my most favorite Hitchcock films.
In it a young British woman meets an older Biritsh woman on a train in continental Europe. Read more