The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

DVD - 1999
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Miss Froy, an elderly lady travelling on a trans-continental train, suddenly disappears. An acquaintance, Iris tries to investigate, but nobody seems aware Miss Froy was ever on board.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 28, 2018

Hitchcock's timeless classic begins on a high comic note, then quickly transforms into a suspense film with political overtones. As in "The 39 Steps," the priceless banter between the heroine and her unlikely ally elevates what is already a nifty nail-biter into something infinitely more special: a romantic mystery. The cast of eccentrics--especially two English tourists played by Basil Radford and Naughton Wayne--give this "Lady" extra punch, and Dame May Whitty is adorable as the elusive old lady who causes all the fuss.

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Liber_vermis
Nov 28, 2018

The opening 15 minutes verge on the slap-stick while we are introduced to the main characters in the isolated mountain hotel. Persevere, the drama picks up after the train resumes its journey and the psychological thriller unfolds. Why was the troubadour attacked at the chalet?

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gomez7
Aug 05, 2016

One of the all-time great capital-R Romantic movies. It has it all: damsel in distress, exotic foreign locale, train journey across a border frontier, villains, classic English characters, music, danger and physical attraction, spies and foreign agents, kismet, etc. Makes a great double feature with The 39 Steps. See the originals as all remakes are inferior.

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Ms48
Mar 04, 2015

I love this movie. it shows that true love can show up at any time, even on a train. this movie has it all, suspense, romance and fun. I think I've seen a remake of this movie but I can't remember where or when.

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Monolith
Jan 04, 2015

What an absolute gem. The beginning is a tad convoluted, but the detective team/romantic duo of "Iris" and "Gilbert" is delightful, as is "Ms. Froy", who is unfortunately present in the film somewhat briefly. I did question the 'persuasion' of cricket loving "Charters" and "Caldicott", and Sir Alfred's intent with those two... bizarre... And I couldn't tolerate very much of their "Crook's Tour" feature before bailing on it. My rating is solely for this wonderful steam-engine spy-thriller. FIVE STARS.

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SillyNilly
Aug 04, 2014

Love this film! The characters and humour make this a must see for classic movie buffs. Audio commentary was very insightful.

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LibraryUser53
Jun 17, 2014

For the mystery connoisseur, the puzzle solver, the train lover, one of the best movies ever made. And even just for the entertainment, very fun to watch. Excepting a few of the minor roles, excellent acting all around. The clues are everywhere, hiding in plain sight; but recognizing them for what they are, well, that's another matter altogether. Released in politically charged 1938 Europe. If you watch carefully, you'll see some thinly veiled political statements from the writers and director. Some of the bonus materials -- excepting the short film "Crooks Tour", don't bother with that --- are well worth the time. The audio commentary, the excerpts from the Hitchcock/Truffaut interview, and the "Mystery Train" segment are especially interesting. The film is closed captioned, but not the other material. Highly recommended.

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tenet
May 31, 2014

Rated 7/10.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2014

Be prepared to be surprised and captivated. Viewers were taken for a ride literally when a kind older lady disappeared on a train ride between a fictitious Eastern European country and London. Caption available via AV port instead of HDMI port for the main feature but not for the bonus film on disc 2.

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BertBailey
Nov 08, 2013

No captions for the hearing impaired

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Monolith
Jan 04, 2015

Gilbert: "Come on, sit down, take it easy. What's the trouble?" Iris Henderson: "If you must know, something fell on my head." Gilbert: "When? Infancy?"

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jimg2000
May 03, 2014

Woman: Why should you imagine I am telling a lie?
Man: Apart from the fact that you barely remember what the woman looked like, perhaps you could explain why six persons should lie? I can't.
Woman: Unless one person's lying and the others are backing her up. In which case it's her word against mine. As I'm English and you're English and this concerns an English woman … it's your duty to believe me.
Man: Do not confuse patriotism with prejudice. Besides your insinuation is absurd.
What motive would the Baroness have for lying?

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imartin
Nov 18, 2011

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