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Siskoid

Hitchcock's last British film before moving to Hollywood is The Lady Vanishes, an entertainingly BRITISH comedy of a thriller that has a lot of fun spoofing stiff upper lip types, in addition to the comedy inherent to the cramped Alpine hotel setting, and then the equally cramped train bound from a fictional Eastern European country to Britain. At some point, the thriller takes over and the laughs because more rare, but it's a smooth enough transition that you may not notice before it's too late. The mystery, involving a kind old woman who disappears from a moving train (and apparently from other people's memories!), is an interesting one for our heroine (and her annoying hotel room neighbor) to solve, reminiscent of Murder on the Orient Express, in its way, but with much loopier action. Hitchcock's humor would get darker in his more famous films, but The Lady Vanishes shows he was able to bend it to sweeter, less nasty amusements.
2 years 11 months ago
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slovinkita

http://www.archive.org/details/lady_vanishes
10 years 2 months ago
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devilsadvocado

I'm very surprised to have enjoyed so much the comedy Hitchcock employed in this film. It was uncomfortable at first, but I gradually grew to appreciate it as the story progressed.

My only complaint of The Lady Vanishes is similar to the usual lone complaints I have for Hitchcock films: laughably bad closing shot, or outdated anyway.
9 years 5 months ago
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The_Comatorium

http://thoughtsfromthebooth.com/2013/06/08/film-review-the-lady-vanishes-1938/

My review
8 years 3 months ago

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