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The Lady Vanishes

Charters (Basil Radford) and Caldicott (Naunton Wayne) as the gay (?) cricket obsessed couple in The Lady Vanishes (1938).

The Lady Vanishes was made in 1937 and released in 1938.



Margaret Lockwood... Iris Henderson
Michael Redgrave... Gilbert
Paul Lukas... Dr. Hartz
Dame May Whitty... Miss Froy
Cecil Parker... Mr. Todhunter
Linden Travers... 'Mrs.' Todhunter
Naunton Wayne... Caldicott
Basil Radford... Charters
Mary Clare... Baroness
Emile Boreo... Hotel Manager
Googie Withers... Blanche
Sally Stewart... Julie
Philip Leaver... Signor Doppo
Selma Vaz Dias... Signora Doppo (as Zelma Vas Dias)
Catherine Lacey... The Nun (as Catherine Lacy)
Josephine Wilson... Madame Kummer
Charles Oliver... The Officer
Kathleen Tremaine... Anna

Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) fighting with Signor Doppo (Philip Leaver) on the train.

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Hitchcock explaining to Truffaut what the MacGuffin is: "It's the device, the gimmick, if you will, or the papers the spies are after. [...] the "MacGuffin" is the term we use to cover all that sort of thing: to steal plans or documents, or discover a secret, it doesn't matter what it is. And the logicians are wrong in trying to figure out the truth of a MacGuffin, since it's beside the point. The only thing that really matters is that in the picture the plans, documents, or secrets must seem to be of vital importance to the characters. To me, the narrator, they're of no importance whatever.

Hichcock Films with a MacGuffin


Bird Motif in Hitchcock's Films

Birds are often an ominous sign in Hitchcock's films and/or representatives of evil and horror.

The Lodger, 1926/1927  
Blackmail, 1929 Alice has a canary bird twittering ominously after the murder
Sabotage, 1936 The bomb is made in a bird shop.
"The birds will sing at 1:45"
Who Killed Cock Robin?
Young and Innocent, 1937/1938 When the two women see the body, they turn away and Hitchcock cuts to extreme close-ups of gulls and then back to the women again.
The Lady Vanishes, 1937/1938 A bird cage in the inn is seen right after the camera has entered through the window
Charters calls Miss Froy «a queer sort of bird» in the restaurant at the inn
When Droppo and Gilbert starts to fight there is a bird in front of the camera.
Saboteur, 1942 When Pat is begging her uncle to give up Barry, a bird is seen in the same frame.
Foreign Correspondent, 1940 Van Meer is talking a lot of birds.
To Catch a Thief, 1954/1955  
Vertigo, 1957/1958 Novak wears a Hummingbird pin on her lapel.
Psycho, 1959–60/1960 Norman Bates is stuffing birds.
Birds are predominant in the dialogue scene in Norman's office.
The Birds, 1962/1963 The birds are attacking.
Topaz, 1968-69/1969

Gulls are stealing the French loaf that the Cuban resistance people had hidden their cameras in. This reveals them to the Cuban militaries.

Family Plot, 1975/1976 Mrs "Rainbird" is the reason Blanche starts her investigation.




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