The Rank Organisation
Oh, that white dress. Cybill Shepherd (Amanda) stars in this 1979 remake of Hitchcock’s classic 1938 movie. Filmmakers freshened the plot with a hearty dose of steam engine-powered runbys through Austria’s spectacular scenery. Cybill/Amanda is a brash, American heiress who strikes up a conversation with Miss Froy, played to English-nanny-perfection by none other than Angela Lansbury (a.k.a. Mrs. Fletcher).
The rub is that Amanda wakes from a short nap only to find Miss Froy has vanished — and no one on board will admit to her being on the train in the first place! The film takes place in pre-WW2 Germany, so you know those pesky krauts are involved. Who would want to off sweet, old Mrs. Fletcher, er….Miss Froy? (OK, Cabot Cove IS the murder capital of the planet, but I’m getting off track here.).
Both the Mrs. and I enjoyed this DVD for what it is — a light comedy/mystery with train scenes and bodacious scenery galore. Perfect for an evening’s entertainment. Let’s check it out!
As a railfan, I appreciated the effort filmmakers put into getting great scenic vistas as the train rolled along.