in about 100 words or less
UK 97m, B&W
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty
Very loosely adapted from the 1936 Ethel Lina White novel entitled “The Wheel Spins”, The Lady Vanishes is a typical early Hitchcock thriller which relies on the central character’s alienation through circumstances beyond her control when she is unable to convince anyone of the disappearance of her travelling companion aboard a train bound for England. Notwithstanding the unlikely plot, the film’s worth is in its colourful characters, dry humour and the dozens of details which provide clues to unravelling the mystery of the vanishing woman (Klaus Ming March 2011).