YMMV / The Lady Vanishes

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie is far better known than the book it's adapted from, "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Caldicott and Charters, the two comic relief Englishmen, were so popular with audiences that they appeared in several other, unrelated films.
  • Ho Yay: Caldicott and Charters, especially when they share a bed together at the motel during the film's first act.
  • Special Effects Failure: The model town used in the introduction sequence is very well made and fairly convincing... until a toy car that obviously has no driver rolls through and ruins everything.
  • Values Dissonance: The film was made on the eve of World War II, when the rest of the world was largely ignorant about how horrible the Nazi government was. Hence, they're portrayed here with a lightness that feels extremely jarring these days. Sure they're the villains and they try to kill everyone during the film's climax, but they're only doing it to preserve their national secrets, and the Nazi assassin Dr. Hartz even goes so far as to cheerfully wish the heroes good luck after they escape him.