The Lady Vanishes (1938) w/Consequence of Sound

Lady Vanishes

This week on Alcohollywood, guest Justin from Consequence of Sound joins us as we recover from last week’s terrible Oogieloves to cherish a true classic: the 1934 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Lady Vanishes! The last movie he made before heading to America, The Lady Vanishes sees young bride-to-be Iris (Margaret Lockwood) and wan Englishman Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) stuck in a mystery about an old governess (Dame May Whitty) who has suddenly disappeared on a train. No one seems to know anything about her, or believe that she ever existed – was she all in Iris’s head, or is something else going on?

What follows is a tense but witty political thriller that still holds up today, and features some of Hitchcock’s signature tricks. Come join us in the mystery along with our drinking rules and custom cocktail!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Lady Charmalade

lady vanishes cocktail1 part apple brandy
2 parts gin
1 part green chartreuse
1 part sweetened lime juice
dash, cherry bitters
2 parts soda water

Combine and stir. Pour into glass and make it vanish into your gullet.

DRINKING RULES FOR THE LADY VANISHES:

  1. Every time you hear musical cues (esp. the main melody from the titles)
  2. Any time someone mentions England or Britain
  3. Whenever you see the “Balto” ad in the dining car

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) first mentions the “Vanishing Lady” magic trick.

Join us next week as we hit each other as hard as we can. That’s right, we’re drinking to David Fincher’s Fight Club!

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