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The Lady Vanishes

Alfred Hitchcock

 
The Lady Vanishes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1938
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #3

In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Also starring Michael Redgrave, The Lady Vanishes remains one of the great filmmaker’s purest delights.

Cast

Iris HendersonMargaret Lockwood
GilbertMichael Redgrave
Dr. HartzPaul Lukas
Miss FroyDame May Whitty
Mr. TodhunterCecil Parker
“Mrs.” TodhunterLinden Travers
CaldicottNaunton Wayne
ChartersBasil Radford
BaronessMary Clare
Hotel managerEmile Boreo
BlancheGoogie Withers
JulieSally Stewart
Signor DoppoPhilip Leaver
Signora DoppoZelma Vas Dias
NunCatherine Lacy
Madame KummerJosephine Wilson
OfficerCharles Oliver
AnnaKathleen Tremaine

Credits

DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
ScreenplaySidney Gilliat and Frank Launder
Based upon the novel The Wheel Spins byEthel Lina White
ContinuityAlma Reville
PhotographyJack Cox
EditingR. E. Dearing
Assistant directorRoy Ward Baker
CuttingAlfred Roome
RecordingSydney Wiles
SettingsAlex Vetchinsky
Scenic artistAlbert Whitlock
Musical directorLouis Levy

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Bruce Eder
  • Crook’s Tour, a 1941 feature-length adventure film starring Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Charters and Caldicott, their beloved characters from The Lady Vanishes
  • Excerpts from François Truffaut’s legendary 1962 audio interview with director Alfred Hitchcock
  • Mystery Train, a video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art
  • New essays by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and Hitchcock scholar Charles Barr

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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The Lady Vanishes: All Aboard!

By Geoffrey O’Brien December 06, 2011

The Lady Vanishes (1938) is the film that best exemplifies Alfred Hitchcock’s often-asserted desire to offer audiences not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Even Claude Chabrol and Eric . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Lady Vanishes: Tea and Treachery

By Charles Barr December 06, 2011

“They can’t possibly do anything to us. We’re British subjects.” One of the delights of The Lady Vanishes is the wit with which it pins down this form of insular mind-set. The passports may say . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Lady Vanishes

By Michael Wilmington March 26, 1998

In The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock pushes the romantic comedy-thriller form to perfection. Endlessly imitated, the film remains unique, even in Hitchcock’s canon. In no other movie but North . . . Read more »

Video

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Eyes of Hitchcock

By :: kogonada September 26, 2014

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Three Reasons


Photo Galleries


Chef du Cinema

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Chef du Cinema: The Lady Vanishes

By Ron Deutsch December 08, 2011

Sir Alfred Hitchcock once said, “I’m not a heavy eater. I’m just heavy, and I eat.” Hitchcock’s father was a grocer, so we can assume young Alfie grew up knowing his way around food. His films . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_35_153_thumbnail

The Lady Vanishes: All Aboard!

By Geoffrey O’Brien December 06, 2011

The Lady Vanishes (1938) is the film that best exemplifies Alfred Hitchcock’s often-asserted desire to offer audiences not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Even Claude Chabrol and Eric . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Lady Vanishes: Tea and Treachery

By Charles Barr December 06, 2011

“They can’t possibly do anything to us. We’re British subjects.” One of the delights of The Lady Vanishes is the wit with which it pins down this form of insular mind-set. The passports may say . . . Read more »


News

Robin Wood Series at TIFF Cinematheque

June 18, 2010

Toronto’s TIFF Cinematheque is honoring the irreplaceable film critic and scholar Robin Wood, who died last December, by running some of the films that were important to him. The series, which . . . Read more »


Dispatches

The Lady Vanishes Revisited

By Robin Wood December 29, 2008

If I had not seen The Lady Vanishes at the age of seven, I might never have become a film critic. I was the fifth child of parents well into middle age: clearly an “accident,” as I was . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Lady Vanishes

By Michael Wilmington March 26, 1998

In The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock pushes the romantic comedy-thriller form to perfection. Endlessly imitated, the film remains unique, even in Hitchcock’s canon. In no other movie but North . . . Read more »