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I watched The Lady Vanishes this afternoon, followed by several hours of perusing databases and books about Hitchcock, and it is difficult to answer your question with any sense of definition because 1) Hitchcock never gave an interview about the film, and 2) he shot it as written, so the result is a mix of his influence with the writers' influence. HOWEVER,...


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While Hartz may have been a construct based on Lashley, according to TCM, with small changes to the beginning and ending, Hitchcock directed the film as it had been written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder. Any construct would have been theirs: Hitchcock was trying to find a film to end his contract with [Edward] Black so he could sign a deal with ...


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It's a matte shot (Wikipedia) according to SlantMagazine. Early examples of Hitchcock’s trademarks abound in both films: mistaken identities, match editing, imaginative tight-quarters shooting—including in Lady Vanishes a terrific matte shot of Gilbert hanging out of a train window while another train approaches and blows by. Matte shots have been around ...


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IMDb doesn't list Wylie Watson as any character in The Lady Vanishes. Therefore, you must be confusing that waiter on the train with Wylie Watson. Nor he is mentioned in this cast list from the movie.


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