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. This is one of Alfred
Hitchcock's last British films before moving to Hollywood.
Post-film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Ritterbusch, Associate Professor of English
and Modern Languages at Shepherd University.
About the director Alfred Hitchcock
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film