The Lady Vanishes (1938)


Iris Henderson has been holidaying in Mandrika, a small European country, and decides to return to London. Just prior to her departure she meets and befriend the elderly Miss Froy, a governess who will be traveling on the same train. Once aboard they share the same compartment and go to the dining car for tea. A short later while however, Iris is not only unable to locate Miss Froy but no one will even admit to having seen her. She’s convinced there is a conspiracy but Dr, Hartz suggests she may be delusional owing to a bump on the head she received just before their departure. She does have one ally in the form of a musician, Gilbert, and work together to resolve the mystery.

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Runtime original: 01:36:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:50

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ethel Lina White (story “The Wheel Spins”), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay as Sidney Gilliatt), Frank Launder (screenplay)

Editor: R.E. Dearing

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From the pre-Hollywood filmmaking days of Alfred Hitchcock, “The Lady Vanishes” is full of twists and turns you would expect from the Master of Suspense himself. A woman disappears from a train, is she real, or just a figment of the imagination? The challenge was to maintain that mystery and suspense while narrowing down the film into a 5-minute story. Hitchcock, like always, still makes a cameo in this cut… Overall, it was a pleasure to re-edit such a superb movie from a great filmmaker. (I’m just an editor that loves to edit).

 

 

 
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