#118 The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Introducing our third Alfred Hitchcock film on this. The Lady Vanishes is when a woman who is going back home to get married befriends a nice, old lady on a train only to vanish after falling asleep.

A young heiress decides to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her new friend, Miss Foy, who goes missing after she gets knocked out. When she tries to tell everyone on the train that her friend is missing, everyone pretends that they don’t know what she’s talking about for their own personal reasons. This movie reminded me so much of Flightplan (2005) that starred Jodie Foster where she loses her daughter on an airplane after passing out but everyone tells her she was never on the plane. Especially the scene above brought me back to that movie was Miss Foy putting her name on the window which proved she was on the train. But trust me, The Lady Vanishes was a much better film than Flightplan. Another thing I liked about this movie was the chemistry between Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave in that bickering-love relationship. It’s too bad they never made a detective series with the two of them. Well, they star together in The Stars Look Down (1940) if anyone is interested.

This whole movie puts us on a journey to find out what did happen to Miss Foy and the Master of Suspense strikes again. Were any of you able to spot the MacGuffin (a device that Hitchcock includes that is the silent driving force of the story)? It’s interesting how Vivian Leigh was tested for the role of Iris when she looks so similar to Margaret Lockwood. Makes sense! Apparently, Orson Welles saw this film eleven times. Only eleven?! Just joking. Another interesting fact about this movie is, according to Hitchock, this story was inspired by the legend of a woman in Paris who went to get her mother medicine and her mother disappeared from the hotel she left her at. The legend said the mother had bubonic plague and no one could know or everyone would flee Paris. The nerve! But still makes a good story for the screen. I highly recommend this film as I feel like this is one of Hitchcock’s finest and will keep you intrigued throughout.

Watch the movie that Orson Welles saw eleven times right here and comment your reactions: 

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