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‘The Lady Vanishes’ to close out series

By Staff | Nov 12, 2010

The Shepherdstown Film Society’s fall series ends Nov. 19 with a 7 p.m. showing of “The Lady Vanishes” at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall. As with all the society’s films, admission will be free and the showing will be followed by a discussion.

“The Lady Vanishes” was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s last English films before he emigrated to Hollywood. After a farcical start in a mountain resort hotel in the fictional central European country of Bandrika, the action of the film moves to a train traveling west toward the English Channel. There an old woman (May Whitty) disappears. A baffled young woman (Margaret Lockwood) seems to be the only person on the train who misses the old woman.

Asking questions leads the young woman into danger and intrigue. The momentum of the train matches the tension of situation. Not rated.