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The Lady Vanishes U rating

An old woman disappears mysteriously on a busy train in Hitchcock’s delightful classic.

Thriller 1938 96 mins

Director: Alfred Hitchcock


When an old woman (Dame May Whitty) goes missing on a train from Switzerland, a British girl (Margaret Lockwood) is convinced there has been foul play, but all the other passengers deny having ever seen her in Alfred Hitchcock’s hugely enjoyable comedy thriller.

The film boasts a great cast of character actors, including Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, as Charters and Caldicott, two classically British men desperate to get back to England for the cricket. The pair would continue to play the characters in further films. Director Francois Truffaut, a huge admirer of Alfred Hitchcock, named The Lady Vanishes as his favourite film by the master of suspense.