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The Lady Vanishes Reviews

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½ November 16, 2016
Very suspenseful Hitchcock. It's not as deep as most of his other films but entertaining and a good use of one location suspense as well as innovative camera angles for the time.
November 7, 2016
Brilliant early Hitchcock. Just great, hilarious fun.
½ November 6, 2016
Great female protagonist and a thrilling story, this movie shows the great potential of its young director, even if the inexperience is shown in some parts. This is certainly not the most polished Hitchcock movie, but it is an interesting thriller that contains many of the features that would later become staples of his filmography. The only thing that really bothered me was the ending which was sort of bizarre.
October 20, 2016
A younger Alfred Hitchcock flaunting his spellbinding cinema magic in this thriller from the yesteryear with an intriguing synthesis of mystery, suspense, romance, comedy and espionage.
September 22, 2016
The Lady Vanishes is definitely too comedic in tone and the first act is just needlessly extended, but the film is mostly great with excellent performances and characters, a palpable energy to it, very intriguing spy elements, an authentic and intriguing premise and a very well crafted, consistently involving storyline. It is without a doubt Hitchcock's finest 1930s film.
½ September 20, 2016
A rather early Hitchcock and a similiar style to many of his films. The first part takes place at a over-filled hotel in a made up place called "Bandrieken". Here we get to know the characters. Later on many of them are on a train and here most of the story are told. An elder lady disappears and most of the people on the ride tells the only girl that noticed her that she must be mixing it up.

There are a lot of talking here, suspicious people and suspiciuos happenings. A true mystery. I like it, but it get's a bit flat and the solutions come a bit too slowly - it's quite a drag at times. Good moments makes up for it together with some neat touches.

6.5 out of 10 melodies.
July 21, 2016
Alfred Hitchcock's first masterpiece.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2016
An enjoyable but overrated film that wants so much to be funny (and make fun of British people who think only about their own problems) that it doesn't have any tension, with a plot that, even with a curious premise, is just too contrived to be taken seriously.
½ June 7, 2016
Another excellent early entry in Alfred Hitchcock's original British filmography, with a suspenseful story, humor, and entertaining characters.
Super Reviewer
½ April 12, 2016
Hitchcock's most famous British picture is a slow, tedious mystery about the disappearance of an elderly English woman aboard a train leaving a fictional European country. There are moments in the film when you think you've gone crazy when you start to question whether she exists or not, but ultimately, the English passengers are indifferent to finding the woman due to their own selfish reasons. The best thing about the film is the characters of Caldicott and Charters, two Englishmen only concerned about cricket.
February 4, 2016
Although Often Noted As Hitchcock's Most Popular And Significant Pre-War Features (Released 1938), This Classic Thriller Is Not Your Usual Hitchcock Film. Plot Twist, Espionage, Suspense, Solid Thriller Are/Can Be All Seen As Hitchcock Trademarks, Which This Film Has, But An Eagle-Eyed Hitchcock Fan Would Notice, What Makes This Stand Out From Most Of His Works.
The Lady Vanishes Is A Slow Moving Thriller With Excellent Performances From The Entire Cast. The Film Differs From Most Hitchcock Films, Mainly Due To The Fact That The Project Was Almost Fully Flushed Out When Hitchcock Came To The Table. The Other Point Is That The Film Is Beautifully Fluid, And It Doesn't Contain An Over The Top Ending Sequence That Doesn't Fit In With The Rest Of The Film.
Despite Being Unusual For A Hitchcock Film, It Is One Of His Better Ones. The Film Is Excellently Made, Has A Solid Story, A Great Script, Great Performances And Of Course Excellent Direction, Making It An Extremely Enjoyable Film. Sadly However The Film Has Severely Dated.
½ February 1, 2016
This classic Hitchcock mystery contains some comic elements along with a few laughably bad ones. But overall it moves along at a brisk pace, with some genuinely good scenes. The final scene could have been better handled.
December 27, 2015
I've never hated any characters more than the upstairs dancers. Hitchcock's thing of staring people is creepy. The rape drug doctor.
So cleverly written. Wildeian. The gunfight at the end was exceptionally implausible. More so than the rest. Also, there's no hint as to the conflict or who the antagonists are. I don't need full background. Just some indication. There are relatively trite criticisms for an overall superior work. I was so happy to see the pacifist die. What happened to the enemy holding them hostage with one bullet on the train at the end?! He's just gone in the next scene! We're supposed to believe that because the train got going, he just sat down & handed the gun over? This is the biggest faux pas. A very interesting mix of mystery & comedy.
Lockwood is gorgeous.
½ November 14, 2015
A kind old lady vanished on a train. In the search of truth, the perceived world crumbles and something shocking is revealed later, with one's own life is under unknown threat at the end! The great thing is that the mystery is withheld until the very end without much trace, and the chemistry between the leading cast works perfectly. The charming Michael Redgrave is just gorgeous.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2015
The Lady Vanishes is both suspenseful and comedic. The film has a liveliness to it that is refreshing. The first act is a bit weak and then the plot picks up. Also the sound is often poor, it is particularly difficult to make out the dialogue in some places (though I wonder if it was not done intentionally to create a sense of bewilderment). At any rate, if you have enjoyed Hitchcock's other films then you will likely enjoy The Lady Vanishes as well.
½ August 10, 2015
The master of suspense had to start somewhere and although it would be some of his later work, that would be heralded as his best, the building blocks for his entire career are all in The Lady Vanishes. The plot starts of as simple, After being held up in the Balkans for the night, due to an impractical avalanche, a group of passengers eventually board a train, bound for England. Among these passengers is Iris and an older woman called Miss Froy, bonding after Iris has encountered a head injury, Iris soon falls asleep. However when Iris comes to, Miss Froy has vanished from the train and nobody seems to believe she was even there at all. You know for its time, The Lady Vanishes does a whole host of things right, one of the most stand out is without a doubt having extremely stand out characters. In a wonderfully crafted opening, Hitchcock introduces you to the passengers as they stay the night, you get a sense of who they are, where they are going and everyone actually feels unique and extremely human. Also the films script is littered with charm and whit, meaning that this so called serious affair, actually has time to inject some light hearted and well crafted moments. The script is cookie enough, with the right dose of suspense, however for me, the plot spirals way out of control. Maybe it all has something to do with its pacing, it plods along for a huge duration of the movie, back and forth, back and forth, then back again and you never really feel that the film is going anywhere, the film is for lack of a better word slow and not in a good way. Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave both give tremendous leading performances as the 2 would be detectives, however it takes until the half way mark to really find its footing and get going. I understand that building character, mystery and suspense is what Hitchcock is known for and here although he does manage to create a sense of intrigue, there doesnt ever feel like a sense of urgency is really implicated until the final act, which is handled in quite a slap stick and ham fisted way. Hitchcock still makes a better film than most people, so to say The Lady Vanishes isnt that good would be a massive lie, its chalk full of character, it can be intriguing and at points the mystery is of course confounding. But with a pacing that stumbles until the half way mark and a conclusion that is extremely over blown, or at least handled in such a way, its hard to truly fall in love with this film. It has so much to offer from brilliant cinematography, wonderful characters, stunning model work and a wealth of tightly crafted dialogue, but none of that really saves it from being reasonably mediocre. It's a nice installment to his roster and I am intrigued to watch the more modern day remake to see how it handles the subject matter, but I can only really recommend this for either Hitchcock purists or period drama purists. For anyone else it may come across as quirky with a limp.
½ July 30, 2015
A Hitchcock classic in every sense of the word, this one about a sweet old woman (the wonderful Dame May Whitty) who goes missing on a train traveling from London to the Swiss Alps. The only person who has any memory of her is the lovely Margaret Lockwood, everyone else, including a charming and excellent Michael Redgrave as a traveling music student, can't recall ever seeing her at all. Hitchcock was still building his rep as the Master of Suspense with this delightful cocktail of mirth and menace. Lots and lots of cheap DVD copies of this classic exist, but the real beauty comes from Criterion, who do the master proud in terms of restoring image and sound. It's a beauty.
July 30, 2015
I know my opinion goes against the general grain of Film Theory, but this comic thriller just doesn't hold up to it's reputation. It is not without merit. It is entertaining in the way "old" movies often are - very dated, antiquated and passively amusing. It's a good movie. It's just not that good.

I would hate to use this movie to introduce a viewer to the art of Alfred Hitchcock.
½ July 26, 2015
An intriguing story, an amusing cast, and a superb direction by Alfred Hitchcock, The Lady Vanishes is a memorable classic thriller and a perfect mix of humor and suspense!
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