The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)

The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty.[1] Written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White, the film is about a beautiful English tourist travelling by train in Europe who discovers that her elderly travelling companion seems to have disappeared from the train. After her fellow passengers deny ever having seen the elderly lady, the young woman is helped by a young musicologist, and the two proceed to search the train for clues to the old woman’s disappearance. The film features Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, who for the first time, play the characters Charters and Caldicott, two single-minded cricket enthusiasts who are rushing back to England to catch the last days of a Test match. The Lady Vanishes is Hitchcock’s penultimate film made in the United Kingdom before his move to Hollywood.[2] It was made in the Gainsborough Studios in Islington, London. Following three films that did not do well at the box office, the success of The Lady Vanishes confirmed the opinion of American producer David O. Selznick that Hitchcock indeed had a future in making films in Hollywood.[3][4] The film remains one of Hitchcock’s two or three best known British films.[3] A remake of the film, also titled The Lady Vanishes, was made in 1979, and in March 2013 the BBC broadcast a new adaptation for television. It starred Tuppence Middleton as Iris. Cast Margaret Lockwood as Iris Henderson Michael Redgrave as Gilbert Paul Lukas as Dr. Hartz May Whitty as Miss Froy Cecil Parker as Mr. Todhunter Linden Travers as “Mrs.” Todhunter Naunton Wayne as Caldicott Basil Radford as Charters Mary Clare as Baroness Emile Boreo as Hotel Manager Googie Withers as Blanche Sally Stewart as Julie Philip Leaver as Signor Doppo Selma Vaz Dias as Signora Doppo Catherine Lacey as the Nun Josephine Wilson as Madame Kummer Charles Oliver as the Officer Kathleen Tremaine as Anna Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

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