The Lady Vanishes [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1938]

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Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Disc Two:
  • Crook's Tour, a 1941 feature-length Charters and Caldicott adventure, available for the first time on home video, starring Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne reprising their beloved The Lady Vanishes roles
  • Excerpts from François Truffaut's legendary 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock
  • Mystery Train, a new video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art
  • Plus: New essays by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and Hitchcock scholar Charles Barr

Synopsis

The Lady Vanishes
The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock's comedy-thriller, came at the end of his British period; this film's success brought Hitchcock to the attention of Hollywood. He would complete only one other British production, Jamaica Inn, before crossing the Atlantic to working for David O. Selznick on Rebecca. The film concerns the young Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), heading home on a train after spending the holidays in the Balkans. Iris becomes friends with a kindly old lady, Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty) after Iris gets hit in the head with a flowerpot meant for Miss Froy. On the train, recovering from the blow, Iris falls asleep. When she awakens, Miss Froy has vanished, replaced by someone else in Miss Froy's clothing. Iris talks to the other passengers, a bizarre collection of eccentrics who think that Iris is crazy for insisting on there even being a Miss Froy -- everyone denies having ever seen the old woman. Finally, Iris finds a young musician, Gilbert (Michael Redgrave), who believes her and the two proceed to search the train for clues to Miss Froy's disappearance. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Margaret Lockwood
    Margaret Lockwood - Iris Henderson
  • Michael Redgrave
    Michael Redgrave - Gilbert Redman
  • Paul Lukas
    Paul Lukas - Dr. Hartz
  • Dame May Whitty
    Dame May Whitty - Miss Froy
  • Cecil Parker
    Cecil Parker - Eric Todhunter

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