Best Movies by Farr

The Lady Vanishes

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What's it About

When elderly Miss Froy (Whitty) disappears without a trace on a train en route to England, her acquaintance Iris (Lockwood) searches every cabin and corner — without success. Stranger still, the other passengers deny this charming old lady ever existed. Despite their skepticism and her own increasing self-doubt, Iris pursues the truth with the aid of handsome musician Gilbert (Redgrave), who's more attracted to Iris than to the mystery.

Why we love it

Hitchcock's timeless classic begins on a high comic note, then quickly transforms into a suspense film with political overtones. As in "The 39 Steps," the priceless banter between the heroine and her unlikely ally elevates what is already a nifty nail-biter into something infinitely more special: a romantic mystery. The cast of eccentrics — especially two English tourists played by Basil Radford and Naughton Wayne — give this "Lady" extra punch, and Dame May Whitty is adorable as the elusive old lady who causes all the fuss.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"