Продюсер: Ethel Lina White (novel), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
Год выпуска: 1938
Актеры: Margaret Lockwood (as Iris Matilda Henderson), Michael Redgrave (as Gilbert Redman), Paul Lukas (as Dr. Hartz of Prague), Dame May Whitty (as Miss Froy, Governess), Cecil Parker (as Eric Todhunter), Linden Travers (as 'Mrs.' Margaret Todhunter), Naunton Wayne (as Caldicott), Basil Radford (as Charters), Mary Clare (as Baroness Isabel Nisatona), Emile Boreo (as Boris the Hotel Manager), Googie Withers (as Blanche), Sally Stewart (as Julie), Philip Leaver (as Signor Doppo), Zelma Vas Dias (as Signora Doppo), Catherine Lacey (as The Nun (as Catherine Lacy))
Описание: Фильм Альфреда Хичкока. Когда милая пожилая леди исчезает в поезде, ее новая молодая знакомая обращается к своему попутчику с просьбой помочь разыскать ее, после чего они сталкиваются с довольно запутанной шпионской интригой. Фильм полон знаменитого хичкоковского юмора и смотрится с неослабевающим интересом.
Рецензии: Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty) mysteriously vanishes while on a long train journey through the Swiss Alps during a cold winter. Margaret Lockwood as Iris Henderson is the only person on the train who believes that Miss Froy has disappeared (or in fact that she even existed!) but Lockwood manages to persuade fellow traveller music scholar Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) to assist her in the search. Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne (as cricket fans Charters and Caldicott) have seen Miss Froy but are fearful that an investigation into her disappearance might delay the train and therefore stop them getting to Manchester in time for their beloved Test Match so they decide to stay silent. Paul Lukas (Dr Hartz) tries to convince Lockwood she is mistaken and has imagined the entire episode due to a blow on the head she received prior to the train journey. Cecil Parker (Mr Todhunter) has his own reasons for keeping quiet as he does not want his illicit affair with Linden Travers to become public knowledge. Several other passengers on the train have seen Miss Froy but do not want to be involved which confuses our heroine and places her in grave danger as the journey progresses.
Shame about the fake model shots at the start of the film but this aside Hitchcock skilfully keeps the suspense at a high level and the witty script by Sidney Gilliatt and Frank Launder is both entertaining and enthralling. Hitchcock obviously has a liking for trains as his films have often featured long train sequences. "The 39 Steps", "Strangers on a Train" and "North by Northwest" are just three classic examples.
Some favourite lines from the film:
Margaret Lockwood: "I've no regrets - I've been everywhere and done everything. I've eaten caviar at Cannes, sausage rolls at the dogs. I've played baccarat at Biarritz, and darts with the rural dean. What is there left for me but marriage?".
Basil Radford (on the phone to London): "No, you don't follow me sir - I'm enquiring about the Test Match in Manchester. Cricket, sir, cricket!! What! You don't know! You can't be in England and not know the Test score!".
Margaret Lockwood (to Michael Redgrave): "I know there's a Miss Froy - she's as real as you are".
Paul Lukas (to Margaret Lockwood): "There is no Miss Froy - there never was a Miss Froy. Merely a very subjective image".
Although "The Lady Vanishes" is one of Hitchcock's very early black and white British films (1938) it anticipates the future expertise, skills and talent of this accomplished director and is well worth viewing. If you are waiting to spot Hitchcock's regular cameo appearance this doesn't take place until the closing minutes of the film so settle back and enjoy the plot then watch out for Hitchcock smoking a cigar at Victoria Station almost at the end! "The Lady Vanishes" was remade in colour in 1979 with Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd but the Hitchcock version is definitely the one to see. 10/10. Clive Roberts.