Lady Vanishes, The (1938)

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The Lady Vanishes
The Lady Vanishes 1938 Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Release Date 1938
Language English
German
French
Italian
Studio Gainsborough Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Iris Henderson Margaret Lockwood
Gilbert Redman Michael Redgrave
Miss Froy May Whitty
Dr. Egon Hartz Paul Lukas
Charters Basil Radford
Caldicott Naunton Wayne
Eric Todhunter Cecil Parker
Mrs. Todhunter Linden Travers


The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British mystery thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and loosely adapted from the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), a young English turist in a fictional Central European state of Bandrika, befrends Miss Froy (May Whitty), a governess and music teacher who is returning home to England. While in train, Miss Froy mysteriously disappear, and other passengers are denying that she even existed. Iris and musician Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) try to get to the bottom of the case.

The 1979 remake generally follows the same plot but is set in 1939 on German-Swiss border and made in more comedy style. The 2013 film The Lady Vanishes isn't a remake of Hitchcock's film but an adaptation of the original novel, without any espionage themes.


The following weapons were used in the film The Lady Vanishes:
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Contents


Revolvers

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action

In the climactic scene several Bandrika officers carry Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action revolvers. An officer (Charles Oliver) in train is knocked out and disarmed by Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) who uses the revolver and then gives it to Charters (Basil Radford).

British Army issued Garate revolver - .455 Webley. This is distinguished by its round trigger guard and "skullcrusher" grip.
An officer fires at Charters.
Gilbert fires the captured revolver.
Another view of the revolver in Gilbert's hands.
Charters holds the revolver. The lanyard ring is seen.
An officer fires at Todhunter.
Charters opens the revolver with the single last round.
The revolver on the table.
The stunned officer recovers and gets his gun back.
Gilbert Redman holds the revolver on a promotional image.

Webley .455 Mk VI

Several of the officers are armed with Webley .455 Mk VI revolvers.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
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Two officers fire Webley revolvers.
An officer is gunned down and drops his revolver.
A Webley is seen in hands of an officer on a promotional image.

Pistols

FN Model 1900

British lawyer Eric Todhunter (Cecil Parker), one of the passengers of the train, owns an FN Model 1900 pistol. In the climactic scene he refuses to use the gun, but Mrs. Todhunter (Linden Travers) takes away the pistol and hands it to Caldicott (Naunton Wayne). When the pistol runs dry, Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) takes it, planning to use the gun to intimidate the locomotive engineer.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Mrs. Todhunter grabs the pistol.
Caldicott takes the pistol and shows perfect marksmanship.
Another view of the pistol.
Gilbert holds the pistol in the locomotive.
Caldicott with FN Model 1900 pistol and Charters with Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action revolver on a promotional image.

Walther PP

A pistol is used by Dr. Egon Hartz (Paul Lukas) during the climactic shootout. It is seen very unclear due to gunsmoke, but the promotional image allows to see the gun better. Walther PP seems to be a good guess.

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
Dr. Hartz fires. The pistol is seen very unclear.
Dr. Hartz' pistol is seen on the promotional image.


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