The Lady Vanishes

Synopsis: Passengers on a scheduled train out of the mountainous European country of Mandrika are delayed by a day due to an avalanche, and thus get up close and personal with each other out of necessity in the only and what becomes an overcrowded inn in the area. Once the train departs, the one person who it is uncertain is on the train is a middle aged English governess named Miss Froy. Iris Henderson, who was vacationing in Mandrika with girlfriends before heading back to England to get married, is certain that Miss Froy was on the train as they were in the same compartment and they had tea together in the dining car, but all those people who can corroborate her story don't seem to want to do so. Iris' thoughts are easily dismissed as a possible concussion as Iris was hit over the head just before boarding the train. Iris will take anyone's help in finding Miss Froy, even that of an Englishman named Gilbert, a musicologist with whom she had a not so pleasant encounter at the inn the evening b
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Gaumont British Picture Corporation
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

-What's all this fuss about, Charters?

-Damned if l know.

Ladies and gentlemen, train is uphold

and if you wish to stay in my hotel...

you will have

to register immediately.

Why the deuce didn't he say

so in the first place?

How do you do ladies. lt's a great

honour to have you with us again.

lt's nice to see you, Boris. You

haven't changed a bit since Friday.

-l see you haven't shaved.

-ls everything ready?

-Everything. l didn't change anything.

-Not even the sheets? Lead on.

l didn't expect

you to come so quickly.

Our legs gave out. We had to do

the last lap in a farm cart.

We've company. Don't tell me Cook's

are running cheap tours here.

-What is it, Boris?

-The havelunch!

-Have a lunch?

-Avalanche, Boris.

ln spring you've many avalanches. The

snow go boom! Everything disappears.

Even trains disappear

under the avalanche.

But l'm going home tomorrow.

How long before they dig it out?

By morning. lt's lucky you

can leave by this train.

How do you say? lt's a bad wind

that blow nowhere no good.

We haven't

eaten since dawn.

Serve us some supper,

in our rooms.

-l could eat a horse.

-Don't put ideas in his head.

Some chicken, Boris.

And a magnum of champagne.

And make it snappy.

Bandrika may have a dictator but

tonight we're painting it red.

Meanwhile we are here cooling

our heels. What impudence!

-3rd rate country. What do you expect?

-l wonder who those women are.

Probably Americans.

Almighty dollar.

We'll have to wait. lf only we

hadn't missed that train at Budapest.

But you insisted on standing till they

finished their National Anthem...

You must show respect. lf l knew

it was going to last 20 minutes...

lt's my contention that the Hungarian

Rhapsody is not their National Anthem.

-We were the only two standing.

-That's true.

l suppose we shall be

in time after all.

That last report was pretty ghastly.

England on the brink.

Newspaper sensationalism. The old

country's been in tight corners before.

Looks pretty black. Even if

we leave first thing in the morning...

there's still a connection at Basle.

We'll probably be hours.

-That's true.

-Somebody surely can help us.

Sir! Do you know what time

the train leaves Basle for England?

Really! Fellow doesn't

speak English.

Here's one leaves Basle, 21 :20.

There is only two single rooms in

front, or a double room at the back.

-We'll take the two single rooms.

-Very well, sir.

-You might have asked me.

-A small double room in this place...

You weren't so particular

in Paris in Autumn.

That was different.

The Exhibition was at its height.

l realise that.

There's no need to rub it in.

-A private suite with a bath.

-Facing the mountains.

-With a shower.

-Hot and cold.

-And a private thingummy.

-We've only got the maid's room!

-What's this?

-l'm sorry.

-The whole hotel is packed.

-We haven't fixed up yet.

You can't expect the two

of us to sleep in the maid's room.

Don't get excited.

l'll move the maid out.

l should think so. What?

What are you taking about.

l'll sleep on the train.

-There is no eating in the train.

-No eating?


That's awkward.

All right we'll take it.

One condition. The maid

has to come to your room...

to remove her wardrobe.


She's a good girl,

and l don't want to lose her.

We'd better go and dress.

-Rather primitive humour, l thought.

-Grown up children.

That was an awkward

situation, over that girl.

Pity he couldn't have given us

one each. l mean a room apiece.

l, lris Matilda Henderson,

a spinster of no particular parish...

solemnly renounce my maidenly past

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Ethel Lina White

Ethel Lina White (1876 – 13 August 1944) was a British crime writer, best known for her novel The Wheel Spins (1936), on which the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lady Vanishes (1938), was based. more…

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