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Format: DVD
Sku: 205541236
UPC: 715515026727
UPC 14: 00715515026727
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The Criterion Collection
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.

"Accept no substitutes for this blissful original.  Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail
"It's a flawless mix of paranoid suspense, pacing, timing and even comedy.  Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/30/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1938
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1663D
Video UPC UPC: 00715515026727
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mary Clare
Video Cast Info Linden Travers
Video Cast Info Dame May Whitty
Video Cast Info Cecil Parker
Video Cast Info Googie Withers
Video Cast Info Margaret Lockwood
Video Cast Info Naunton Wayne
Video Cast Info Michael Redgrave
Video Cast Info Basil Radford
Video Cast Info Paul Lukas
Video Cast Info Jack Cox - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Alma Reville - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Louis Levy - Composer
Video Cast Info Edward Black - Producer
Video Cast Info Sidney Gilliat - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info R.E. Dearing - Editor
Video Cast Info Frank Launder - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Alfred Roome - Editor
Video Cast Info Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Plot 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.

Professional 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

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hitchcock,Alfred
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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