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Lady Vanishes

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Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.56 /10
Margaret Lockwood , Michael Redgrave , Dame May Whitty
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder from Ethel Lina White's novel The Wheel Spins

Released: 1938
Origin: GB
Length: 97

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"If it were not so brilliant a melodrama, we should class it as a brilliant comedy... When your sides are not aching from laughter, your brain is throbbing in its attempts to outguess the director. Hitch occasionally relents with his rib-tickling, but his professional honor would not brook your catching up with the plot... we cannot conceal our admiration for the way in which Mr Hitchcock and his staff have pieced it together... The man is diabolical; his film is devilishly clever. His casts are always neglected by reviewers, which isn't fair, especially since he has so perfect a one here."
(Frank S. Nugent, New York Times)
"Diabolically suspenseful, impishly humorous, breath-taking and vigorous."
(New York World Telegram)
"Espionage romance, brilliant directed... All the rich entertainment content... of The 39 Steps. Suspense, fear, mystery and surprise ... are whipped into crisp concerted action by subtle, but by no means highbrow treatment. Great as the mystery aspect of the drama is, it is not, however greater than its comic relief and it is because of its perfect balance and sustained verve that it can claim universal appeal... The direction... amounts to genius... Another irresistible attribute is smart yet natural dialogue... Refreshingly English... Great story, brilliant direction, big thrills, delightful romance, marvellous comedy, cast value, feminine angle, exciting staging and provocative title."
(Kinematograph Weekly)
"Brilliantly handled and briskly played."
(Motion Picture Herald)
"Alfred Hitchcock has directed... with all his individual expertness of touch... an out of the ordinary and exciting thriller. With polished restraint [Paul Lukas] conveys the head foreign agent... The supporting players do fine work."
"An excellent picture in which suspense and comedy are cleverly mixed."
(Evening Standard)
"Ingenious, lightweight, fast-moving... One of the best of Alfred Hitchcock's prewar thrillers. Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne add considerably to the film's entertainment value."
(R.A.E. Pickard, Dictionary of 1000 Best Films, 1971)
"The energy that fuels this film is the energy of the chase; what makes it unusual is that both the pursuer and the pursued are women. The young heroine becomes investigator and encounters a series of deceptions and disguises in her attempt to find the missing, apparently helpless, old lady who has been kidnapped on the train. Hitchcock also uses comedy sequences to comment of Englishness and stoicism faced with the exoticism of the snowscapes."
(NFT Bulletin, 1984)

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