THE LADY VANISHES (1938) B/W 97m dir: Alfred Hitchcock

w/Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford, Emile Boreo

From The Movie Guide: "Flabbergasting peak suspense, civilized but breathlessly fast. This is one of Hitchcock's finest British films, a classic mystery that manages to combine humor with a genuine sense of menace --- not to mention the kinds of characters that everyone dreams of meeting on a Central European train journey.

"The film is set into motion when a seemingly innocuous old woman, Miss Froy (Whitty), disappears while on board a train bound for England. ...

"THE LADY VANISHES begins slowly but picks up speed as it goes along, finally steaming toward a suspenseful denouement. The film was extremely popular in the U.S. and laid the tracks for the great British director's new career in Hollywood. After striking a deal with David O. Selznick, Hitchcock completed one more British picture, JAMAICA INN, and began a love affair with America, returning to England just once more, some 30 years later, for FRENZY."