The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

DVD - 1938
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The film concerns the young Iris Henderson, heading home on a train after spending the holidays in the Balkans. Iris becomes friends with a kindly old lady, Miss Froy after Iris gets hit in the head with a flowerpot meant for Miss Froy. On the train, recovering from the blow, Iris falls asleep. When she awakens, Miss Froy has vanished, replaced by someone else in Miss Froy's clothing. Iris talks to the other passengers, a bizarre collection of eccentrics who think that Iris is crazy for insisting on there even being a Miss Froy. Everyone denies having ever seen the old woman. Finally, Iris finds a young musician, Gilbert, who believes her and the two proceed to search the train for clues to Miss Froy's disappearance.
Publisher: Janus Films ; Granada International : Criterion, 1938.
ISBN: 9781604650006
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION LAD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) ; sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.

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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

btmslt Jul 16, 2012

A gripping tale; howver, I'm not sure about the beginning which seems to long from what it adds to the film.

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ausnos
Apr 11, 2012

Despite it being done in my grandparent's time, I rather enjoyed this film. It had characters that you really cared about and a good mystery to it! Anyone who like Hitchcock (and retro films) will appreciate this film!

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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

imartin thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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