Lady Vanishes (Criterion Collection)

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In Alfred Hitchcock's most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood (Night Train to Munich), traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty, Suspicion), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Also starring Michael Redgrave (The Browning Version), THE LADY VANISHES remains one of the great filmmaker's purest delights.

Specifications

Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 205541236
UPC 715515026727
UPC 14 00715515026727
Format DVD
Release Date 11/30/2007
Keywords
British
Essential Cinema
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Mystery
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, weaves a knotty yarn of intrigue in this early outing. Young, beautiful, and spoiled Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) is wrapping up a ski vacation before unenthusiastically returning to London to be married. In the hotel, she meets an elderly governess en route to home, Miss Froy (Dame May Witty), as well as an unbearably rude music scholar named Gilbert (Michael Redgrave). Then, just before boarding the train, Iris receives a blow to the head and is taken under the protective wing of Miss Froy. Their conversation is polite and uneventful. Iris finally dozes off and when she comes to, Miss Froy is nowhere to be found, and no one on the train recalls seeing the governess. Thwarted at every turn in her search, Iris finds only one ally, the unbearable but handsome Gilbert. As their search begins to seem futile, Iris starts to suspect she is losing her mind. Then several people on the train--including a shifty physician and a mysterious nun--reveal nefarious motives beneath their innocent facades.
Plot Summary
Summary When a young woman on a train meets a charming old lady who promptly disappears, the other passengers deny having seen her, leading the young woman to suspect conspiracy. Hitchcock's final low-budget U.K. production before leaving for Hollywood stands as an extremely deft cocktail of comedy, romance, and suspense.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "Ingeniously scripted by Launder and Gilliat....[The film] makes very inventive use of the confined space..." 10/01/2003 p.75
Entertainment Weekly "[A] thrilling riddle of a film set within the gathering storm of war." -- Grade: A- 11/30/2007 p.121
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Hitchcock's penultimate British movie....Every character turns out to be different from how they first appear." 02/01/2008 p.49
Directors
Alfred Hitchcock
Actors
Margaret Lockwood
Michael Redgrave
Cast & Crew
Mary Clare - Star
Linden Travers - Star
Dame May Whitty - Star
Cecil Parker - Star
Googie Withers - Star
Margaret Lockwood - Star
Naunton Wayne - Star
Michael Redgrave - Star
Basil Radford - Star
Paul Lukas - Star
Jack Cox - Cinematographer
Alma Reville - Screenwriter
Louis Levy - Composer
Edward Black - Producer
Sidney Gilliat - Screenwriter
R.E. Dearing - Editor
Frank Launder - Source Writer
Alfred Roome - Editor
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1938
Catalog ID 1663D
UPC 00715515026727
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 96 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
  1.33:1 [4:3]
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Hitchcock,Alfred
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail Accept no substitutes for this blissful original.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid It's a flawless mix of paranoid suspense, pacing, timing and even comedy.

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