- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: November 13, 2007
- Originally Released: 1938
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 1.0 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Bruce Eder
- CROOK'S TOUR, a 1941 feature-length Charters and Caldicott adventure
- Excerpts from Francois Truffaut's legendary 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock
- "Mystery Train" - a new video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes by scholar Leonard Leff
- Geoffrey O'Brien - Critic
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2003
"Ingeniously scripted by Launder and Gilliat....[The film] makes very inventive use of the confined space..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/30/2007
"[A] thrilling riddle of a film set within the gathering storm of war." -- Grade: A-
Empire - 02/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "Hitchcock's penultimate British movie....Every character turns out to be different from how they first appear."
When a young woman on a train meets a charming old lady who promptly disappears, the other passengers deny having seen her, leading the young woman to suspect conspiracy. Hitchcock's final low-budget U.K. production before leaving for Hollywood stands as an extremely deft cocktail of comedy, romance, and suspense.
Essential Cinema |
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: August 1938.
- Hitch onscreen: Hitchcock appears as a pedestrian with a cigar.
- The set was one 90-foot-long coach, with other cars made by transparancies or miniatures.
- Voted One of the Ten Best Films of the Year by The New York Times.
- Voted One of the Best Films of All Time by the SIGHT & SOUND Critics Poll: Paul Zimmerman (1972), Philip French (1992).
- While shooting, Hitchcock got a cable from David O. Selznick asking him to come to Hollywood to direct a picture about the sinking of the Titanic.