The Lady Vanishes (1938) was the penultimate film Hitchcock made in England before moving to the U.S., was a big hit at the time of release, and has a 97% Tomatometer score. So as a Hitchcock fan who has not seen much in the way of his early films, I was expecting good things. What I found was a film with a decent measure of mystery and drama, mixed in with a lot of silliness. By today’s standards, there’s a good deal of cheese to be found aboard this train. But it’s all good fun.
The Lady Vanishes may be seen as a precursor to both Hitchcock’s later and greater works, and to a number of contemporary films, most obviously Jodie Foster’s Flightplan. My recommendation: if you’re a Hitchcock fan and have seen a good number of his works, you will probably find this one worthwhile. But if you haven’t seen much Hitchcock, skip this one in favor of his timeless, latter-era classics. 6/10