Title: The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Why it’s lazy: Again it’s purely descriptive, and in this instance very distracting: it not only leaves you waiting for a lady to be whisked away, but also wondering which one it might be.
In the end, it’s unlikely nana-spy Miss Froy, who disappears on a train heading across Europe due to some underhand espionage shenanigans.
Where the name came from: Ethel Lina wrote the book from which the film’s story grew, which was originally called 'The Wheel Spins' and was published in 1936.
An aborted version of the film was nearly produced in 1937 under the title The Lost Lady, before Hitchcock resurrected and renamed it during a rewrite.
What they should have called it: Granny’s Gone, Mistakes On A Train, Siegfried And Froy (where Michael Redgrave’s character is renamed Siegfried, and the nasty foreign nationals are played by tigers).
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