1979 The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes – 1979

A Hammer film presented by The Rank Organisation and released by Rank Film Distributors Limited Copyright MCMLXXlX Rank Film Productions Limited – All rights reserved 

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Filmed at Pinewood Studios, London, England and on location in Austria with the (co-operation of the Austrian Federal Railways

Processed at Rank Film Laboratories 97 mins


As war looms in Europe, a group of travellers gathers at a hotel in Bavaria. While they are waiting for their train, American Amanda Kelly drinks a bit too much and does an impersonation of Hitler, which does not go down well with the Nazi stormtroopers looking on. A scuffle breaks out, during which Amanda receives a hefty blow on the head. Later, aboard the train and feeling somewhat the worse for wear, she has breakfast with Miss Froy, a cheerful British nanny, and the two become friends. Then, after she has slept off her ‘illness’, Amanda tries to find Miss Froy again. But, now it seems that she has vanished and, even worse, her fellow passengers insist that the lady never existed!

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Produced by
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Wilfred Shingleton
Bill Alexander
Russell Lloyd, ADE , GBFE
Michael Dryhurst and Michael Mertineit
Neville Smallwood
Stephanie Kaye
Jackie Cummins
Emma Porteous
Ossie Clarke
Kay Rawlings
Peter Handford
Alf Cox, GBFE
Ken Barker
Effects Associates Ltd.
Don Hansard
Dusty Symonds and Christian Jungbluth
Allan Foenander and Irene Lamb
Nicholas Gillott and Albert Schwinges
John Harris
Chic Waterson
Douglas Slocombe
Richard Hartley
Les Reed
Anvil of Denham
Philip Martell
George Axelrod
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder
Ethel Lina White
Michael Carreras, Arlene Sellers
and Alex Winitsky
Tom Sachs
Anthony Page


Miss Froy 
Dr Hartz 
Mrs Todhunter 
Rose Flood Porter 
Evelyn Barnes 
Frau Kummer 
Dining Car Waiter 
Baroness’s Manservant 
Baroness’s Maid 
Party Guests 

1st Killer 
2nd Killer 
Hotel Manager 
Signal Box Man 
Station Master 
German Officer 
Stunt Arrangements 

Elliott Gould
Cybill Sheppard
Angela Lansbury
Herbert Lom
Arthur Lowe
Ian Carmichael
Gerald Harper
Jenny Runacre
Jean Anderson
Madge Ryan
Rosaling Night
Madlena Nedeva
Vladek Sheybal
Wolf Kahler
Barbara Markham
Jonathan Hackett
Garry McDermott
Jacki Harding
John Alkin, Jeremy Bulloch, William Hootkins, Jillianne Foot, Helen Lambert
Klaus Dieter Reents
Dab Van Husen
Pierre Frankh
Uli Steigberg
Edgar Wenzel
Heinz Winter
Bruno Thost
Claus Fuchs
Peter Scratt
Paul Weston, Peter Brayham, Richard Graydon


Remaking any classic film is dangerous, but remaking Hitchcock can be regarded as verging on the suicidal and, although Rank had some success the previous year with “The Thirty-Nine Steps”, “The Lady Vanishes” was a disaster, mauled by the critics and ignored by the paying public. It spelt the end of the road for Michael Carreras and very nearly for Hammer as well, which would have gone under had Roy Skeggs not returned to rescue the Company from oblivion. From now on, though, there would be no more feature films and the ‘new’ Hammer concentrated on works for television, notably the series “Hammer House of Horror” and “Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense”. Fortunately for us, however, a fine legacy of their many classics remains.
Elliott Gould’s films include “The Night they Raided Minsky’s” (1968), “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” (1969), “M*A*S*H” (1970), “Capricorn One” (1977), “The Naked Face” (1984) and “The Player” (1992). Cybill Shepherd later starred in her popular comedy show “Cybill”.
Angela Lansbury’s films include “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945, for which she was Oscar-nominated), “Samson and Delilah” (1949), “The Court Jester” (1956), “Blue Hawaii” (1961), “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (1971) and “Death on the Nile” (1978). In recent years, she has concentrated on her role as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running series “Murder, She Wrote”.
Ian Carmichael is one of Britain’s most popular comedy actors. His films include “Private’s Progress” (1956), “Brothers in Law” (1956), “Lucky Jim” (1957), “I’m All Right, Jack” (1959), “School for Scoundrels” (1960) “Heavens Above!” (1963), “The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins” (1971) and Amicus’s “From Beyond the Grave” (1973).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy – The Hammer Graveyard Collection