21 November 2014

The Lady Vanishes (1938)
97 min.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
With Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford, Mary Clare, Catherine Lacy, Philip Leaver.
Superb early Hitchcock.

On a train, a young woman is befriended by a charming old lady, who then immediately disappears.

When all the other passengers deny ever having seen the elderly lady (very suspicious), the young woman begins a journey of mystery, international intrigue and danger.

This vintage 1938 Hitchcock effort is supremely perfect in every regard.

The Lady Vanishes boasts consummate pacing, an elegant cast all around (with Lockwood and Whitty leading the way - the latter so good also in 1937's excellent thriller Night Must Fall), and a heartwarming climax.

A first rate thriller, and yet again another reminder that they don't make them like this anymore....

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