THE LADY VANISHES (1938)

dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Perfection. Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave are delightful, in this mystery almost entirely set during a train journey. The use of miniatures is marvelous, and blends in gloriously with the other filmed scenes, and some rear projection. There’s a lovely bit of comedy from the two traveling, cricket-mad, British gentlemen (comic duo Charters and Caldicott), who are forced to share the maid’s quarters – even the set of the room for those short scenes is amazing. A really wonderful example of earlyish Hitchcock, lots of humor from supporting characters, a tidy satisfying mystery, and moments of genuine suspense, and drama. Such a wonderful film.