History Film / TheLadyVanishes

21st Oct '17 12:07:49 AM mlsmithca
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After receiving a nasty bump on the head, Iris Henderson (Lockwood), a young English socialite who's on her way back home from a vacation tour, meets Miss Froy (May Whitt), a nice middle-aged lady, on board a train travelling through Bandrika, a fictional country somewhere in central Europe. They get on nicely for a while, when suddenly... the lady vanishes ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what a twist]]). Iris and the caddish-yet-loveable Gilbert (Redgrave) promptly try to locate her - but nobody seems to remember seeing Miss Froy. Did Iris just make her up? Or is there foul play at work?

All right, there ''is'' foul play. But there's also a ScrewballComedy relationship between Iris and Gilbert. And two hilariously over-the-top Englishmen. This is probably one of Hitchcock's nicer films -- think ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}''.

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After receiving a nasty bump on the head, Iris Henderson (Lockwood), a young English socialite who's on her way back home from a vacation tour, meets Miss Froy (May Whitt), Whitty), a nice middle-aged lady, on board a train travelling through Bandrika, a fictional country somewhere in central Europe. They get on nicely for a while, when suddenly... the lady vanishes ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what a twist]]). Iris and the caddish-yet-loveable Gilbert (Redgrave) promptly try to locate her - but nobody seems to remember seeing Miss Froy. Did Iris just make her up? Or is there foul play at work?

All right, there ''is'' foul play. But there's also a ScrewballComedy relationship between Iris and Gilbert. And two hilariously over-the-top Englishmen.Englishmen obsessed with cricket. This is probably one of Hitchcock's nicer films -- think ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}''.



* ArrangedMarriage: Iris is supposed to enter into one as soon as she returns to England. {{Defied| Trope}} when she decides to marry Gilbert instead.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Iris is supposed to enter into one as soon as she returns to England. {{Defied| Trope}} {{Defied|Trope}} when she decides to marry Gilbert instead.
21st Oct '17 12:05:29 AM mlsmithca
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* ApatheticCitizens: Half the people who say they never saw Ms. Froy aren't even part of the conspiracy, they just don't want to get involved for reasons of their own.

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* ApatheticCitizens: Half the people who say they never saw Ms. Miss Froy aren't even part of the conspiracy, they just don't want to get involved for reasons of their own.



* CassandraTruth: The movie shows shades of this early on as Iris tries desperately to convince everyone that Ms. Froy exists.

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* CassandraTruth: The movie shows shades of this early on as Iris tries desperately to convince everyone that Ms. Miss Froy exists.



* ChekhovsGun: The tune the guitarist is playing is the code that Froy was [[BringNewsBack bringing home]].



** ChekhovsGun: Similarly the tune he is playing, as it's the code that Froy was [[BringNewsBack bringing home]].
* CondensationClue: Iris sees Ms. Froy's previously written name.
* CouldntFindAPen: Ms. Froy writes her name on the train window.

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** ChekhovsGun: Similarly the tune he is playing, as it's the code that Froy was [[BringNewsBack bringing home]].
* CondensationClue: Iris sees Ms. Miss Froy's previously written name.
* CouldntFindAPen: Ms. Miss Froy writes her name on the train window.



* CreatorCameo: Hitchcock of course. He pops up for a few seconds at the station at the end.

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* CreatorCameo: Hitchcock Hitchcock, near the beginning of course. He his practice of making a cameo in every film, pops up for a few seconds at the station at the end.



* EvilAllAlong: Dr. Hartz, a kindly doctor who tries to help Iris out after Froy's disappearance. Oh, and he's secretly a paid assassin working for the Nazis, not to mention the one who kidnapped Ms. Froy to begin with.

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* EvilAllAlong: Dr. Hartz, a kindly doctor who tries to help Iris out after Froy's disappearance. Oh, and he's secretly a paid assassin working for the Nazis, not to mention the one who kidnapped Ms. Miss Froy to begin with.



* MacGuffin: The tune that Ms. Froy teaches Gilbert is actually a coded message. We never entirely learn the significance of it except that it has something to do with a treaty between two European nations.

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* MacGuffin: The tune that Ms. Miss Froy teaches Gilbert is actually a coded message. We never entirely learn the significance of it except that it has something to do with a treaty between two European nations.



* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: Ms. Froy tries to introduce herself to the heroine but loud train noises cancel out what she is saying. This prompts Ms. Froy to write her name on the window, which turns into a ChekhovsGun later when the heroine sees the writing again, proving to herself that she was not imagining their encounter.

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* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: Ms. Miss Froy tries to introduce herself to the heroine Iris but loud train noises cancel out what she is saying. This prompts Ms. Froy her to write her name on the window, which turns into a ChekhovsGun later when the heroine Iris sees the writing again, proving to herself that she was not imagining their encounter.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Iris isn't stupid, but she is completely unaware of the conspiracy until the end. She still manages to destroy the conspiracy just because she won't stop insisting that Ms. Froy exists.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Iris isn't stupid, but she is completely unaware of the conspiracy until the end. She still manages to destroy the conspiracy just because she won't stop insisting that Ms. Miss Froy exists.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Caldicott and Charters.
** Which became ThoseTwoActors for Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne. Not only did they reprise their roles two years later in Carol Reed's ''Film/NightTrainToMunich'', but they appeared together (as differently-named but virtually identical characters) in numerous other film and radio productions over the next few years.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Caldicott and Charters.
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Charters. Which became ThoseTwoActors for Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne. Not only did they reprise their roles two years later in Carol Reed's ''Film/NightTrainToMunich'', but they appeared together (as differently-named but virtually identical characters) in numerous other film and radio productions over the next few years.from 1940 until Radford's death in 1952.
23rd Jul '17 11:27:05 AM Mdumas43073
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A 1938 film starring Margaret Lockwood and Creator/MichaelRedgrave, ''The Lady Vanishes'' is one of the last films directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock before he went off to Hollywood. After receiving a nasty bump on the head, Iris (Lockwood) meets Miss Froy, a nice middle-aged lady on board a train travelling through Bandrika, a fictional country somewhere in central Europe. They get on nicely for a while, when suddenly... the lady vanishes ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what a twist]]). Iris and the caddish-yet-loveable Gilbert (Redgrave) promptly try to locate her - but nobody seems to remember seeing Miss Froy. Did Iris just make her up? Or is there foul play at work?

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A 1938 film starring Margaret Lockwood and Creator/MichaelRedgrave, ''The Lady Vanishes'' is one of the last films directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock before he left his native Britain and went off to Hollywood. Hollywood.

After receiving a nasty bump on the head, Iris (Lockwood) Henderson (Lockwood), a young English socialite who's on her way back home from a vacation tour, meets Miss Froy, Froy (May Whitt), a nice middle-aged lady lady, on board a train travelling through Bandrika, a fictional country somewhere in central Europe. They get on nicely for a while, when suddenly... the lady vanishes ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what a twist]]). Iris and the caddish-yet-loveable Gilbert (Redgrave) promptly try to locate her - but nobody seems to remember seeing Miss Froy. Did Iris just make her up? Or is there foul play at work?
27th Jun '16 5:46:07 AM aishwarya
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* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Gilbert]] practically sweeps [[spoiler: Iris]] into his arms for their FirstKiss in the cab when it becomes evident to both of them that [[spoiler: Iris]] has thought the better of marrying her [[UpperClassTwit titled but idiotic-looking]] fiancé.
19th Jun '16 7:34:30 PM aishwarya
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* FireForgedFriends: Iris and Gilbert.
8th Jun '16 5:31:03 PM aishwarya
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A 1938 film starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave, ''The Lady Vanishes'' is one of the last films directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock before he went off to Hollywood. After receiving a nasty bump on the head, Iris (Lockwood) meets Miss Froy, a nice middle-aged lady on board a train travelling through Bandrika, a fictional country somewhere in central Europe. They get on nicely for a while, when suddenly... the lady vanishes ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what a twist]]). Iris and the caddish-yet-loveable Gilbert (Redgrave) promptly try to locate her - but nobody seems to remember seeing Miss Froy. Did Iris just make her up? Or is there foul play at work?

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A 1938 film starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave, Creator/MichaelRedgrave, ''The Lady Vanishes'' is one of the last films directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock before he went off to Hollywood. After receiving a nasty bump on the head, Iris (Lockwood) meets Miss Froy, a nice middle-aged lady on board a train travelling through Bandrika, a fictional country somewhere in central Europe. They get on nicely for a while, when suddenly... the lady vanishes ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what a twist]]). Iris and the caddish-yet-loveable Gilbert (Redgrave) promptly try to locate her - but nobody seems to remember seeing Miss Froy. Did Iris just make her up? Or is there foul play at work?
27th May '16 10:07:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouImaginedIt: Iris gets this from just about everyone over Ms. Froy's disappearance.

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* YouImaginedIt: Iris gets this from just about everyone over Ms. Froy's disappearance.
21st Feb '16 2:42:53 PM BobTanaka
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* CasualDangerDialogue: Charters and Caldicott keep up their normal banter even during the shootout.

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* CasualDangerDialogue: Charters and Caldicott keep up their normal customary banter even during the climactic shootout.
21st Feb '16 2:41:28 PM BobTanaka
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* CasualDangerDialogue: Charters and Caldicott keep up their normal banter even during the shootout.
21st Feb '16 2:08:52 PM BobTanaka
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* BelligerentSexualTension: Iris and Gilbert.
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