The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The Lady Vanishes

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1938

Plot: Iris is heading to get married. She boards the train with a knock on her head from a falling box. She befriends a kind little old English lady who loves tea and music. Mrs. Froy kindly helps Iris rest after her little bump on the head. The mystery thickens when Iris wakes up and no one has ever heard of Mrs. Froy. She is gone, vanished or has seen and just what conspiracy is happening to the soon to be married beautiful Iris.

My Review and Thoughts:

This very old masterpiece classic of suspense and mystery is done by the master himself Alfred Hitchcock. This 1938 expression of pure cinematic wonder is by far one of the best films ever created. This is what classic cinema is all about. The pure dark and twisted nature of this brilliant directed mystery is a true one of a kind that few movies even today good touch. The acting and the dread and edge of your seat classic suspense plays with the viewer in all the expected ways of terror and the pure anticipation of what is happening and where did the lady vanish.

Miss Froy is gone, vanished, and disappeared on a train. A nice kind little old woman simple vanishes without a trace. Her friend Iris played by the wonderful beautiful talented one of a kind starlet Margaret Lockwood steps in to try and solve what has happened. No one believes poor Iris and she finds herself on a journey to solve a most odd and strange ordeal.

Soon Iris finds a man willing to help named Gilbert played by the phenomenal Michael Redgrave. The twists and turns and the thick plot plays out in perfect Hitchcock ways. This is one of two movies that brought Hitchcock into his stardom and his push to Hollywood, the other being the masterpiece 39 Steps. This is what great classic film making is all about. This is what pure mystery and pure black and white entertainment is about. A perfect example to curl up with a bowl of fresh buttered popcorn with all the lights out and adventure into this one of kind film.

This movie was remade in 1979 but the remake has nothing on the original and the new one is a joke in my book and just about everyone else’s. In the original it starts out with an amazing opening of the snow covered mountains and the camera does a long shot of the train station and village, closer and closer it gets giving a stunning and remarkable effect of how far away and close up of the action is.

Brilliant as if the camera is bringing you into the story, ready to board the train. Flawless acting. The dialogue and story is wonderful. The humor is great and amazing making the viewer giggle with funny antics, bumping of the heads, wardrobe humor and just harmless laughs. Like all Hitchcock films or his later works there is a massive story at the start leading to the train. The first 24 minutes is character development as he introduces you two person before the train ride so that you will know each and every one of them.

In classic suspense fashion the night before the train ride a murder. Hitchcock has introduced you to countless characters so which one is the murderer that is the mystery as the train boards. Soon Iris is on board and the little old English lady Mrs. Froy she had befriended is gone. Soon Iris questions everyone but they act dumb founded and confused. They have not seen her.

No one remembers her accept poor Iris making the plot drip with intrigue and that reality of what is going on. The two main stars of the show in my viewpoint is Naunton Wayne who plays Caldicott and Basil Radford who plays Charters both give a surprising performance as two Englanders trying to get home for a cricket game. They act like a married gay couple. The two men are flawless always worried about Cricket and come off with the attitudes that everything has a rational answer to it.

These two are truly comical little genius is the dry humor. The train action, sets and costumes and the wonder and beauty of this film is amazing. Wonderful story, great effects and an awesome mystery. The dramatic acting and emotional ordeal of Iris is stunning and award worthy. Priceless piece of

British Cinema. Perfect ending.