THE LADY VANISHES

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GB
1938
1hr 37mins
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave

An old lady disappears from a Switzerland-London express, and two British travellers investigate

This Hitchcock classic is based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White and is often classed as one of his best films. The story behind this thriller sees an English tourist disappear from a train journey across Continental Europe. Most of the railway footage in this film therefore surrounds European railways, with stock footage of Continental trains slotted in among some studio work and dodgy model shots. There is, however, one good shot of a British train that appears at the end of the film. This shot depicts a SR ‘Schools’ V Class 4-4-0 arriving at London Victoria at the head of a train and a shot of the frontage to the station is also seen.

London Victoria in all its grandeur
The ‘Schools’ Class 4-4-0 arriving with a train