Lady Vanishes, The (Rank 1979, Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould)

The Lady Vanishes

In The Lady Vanishes, on an express train traveling through pre-World War II Germany, a young woman (Cybill Shepherd) makes the acquaintance of a sweet old lady.

Soon, however, the woman vanishes into thin air, and it seems as though Shepherd is the only one on the train to have seen her. Elliott Gould plays the lone passenger, aside from Shepherd, who believes in the existence of the missing woman.

Together, the couple searches the train, and in the process, exposes a sinister German plot. It should come as no surprise that a romantic relationship develops between the twosome along the way.

Not quite on the same stylistic track as the Alfred Hitchcock film on which it is based, this version, written by George Axelrod, plays it much more for laughs than the 1938 original. The supporting cast is good though!

Cast: Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould, Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe, Ian Carmichael, Gerald Harper, Jenny Runacre, Jean Anderson

Director: Anthony Page
Producers: Michael Carreras, Tom Sachs, Arlene Sellers
Director of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Editor: Russell Lloyd
Composer: Richard Hartley
Screenwriter: George Axelrod
Production Designer: Wilfred Shingleton

UK / Rank – Hammer / 99 minutes / 1979

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