Film Brief: The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes - poster

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, The Lady Vanishes - still largeI 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

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One thought on “Film Brief: The Lady Vanishes

  1. Thanks. I’d be more likely to give it 7 for the comedy, the Englishness and the feel,of the 1930s with war and treason looming. Regards from Thom at the immortal,jukebox.

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