Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Lady Vanishes

(GB, 1938, 96 minutes)

Returning home by train from a skiing holiday, a British heiress befriends a charming governess; when she mysteriously disappears, all the other train passengers insist she never even boarded the train at all... Delightful, masterfully paced combination of espionage, mystery and comedy that remains Hitchcock’s quintessential film of his British period. Remade 1979 under the same title by Anthony Page, with Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould and Angela Lansbury in the roles here taken by Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Dame May Whitty.

Gaumont British Pictures presents a Gainsborough picture. Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty; with Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; screenplay by Sidney Gilliatt and Frank Launder, from the story "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White; musical director, Louis Levy; director of photography, Jack Cox; art director, Vetchinsky; film editor, R. E. Dearing.

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