Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 5

Into Thin Air (aka The Vanishing Lady)

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 30, 1955 on CBS
7.9
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A woman and her mother check in at a hotel in Paris. The woman goes out and when she comes back discovers that nobody remembers her mother and all the things in the room have been changed.

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  • A condensed version of the plot of the 1950 film, "So Long At The Fair", an account of a famous rumour which also inspired the story of Hitchcock's own film, "The Lady Vanishes".moreless

    8.5
    Did this story ever really take place? It is a popular urban legend, and it certainly has a kind of horrid plausibility. Here, Hitchcock's own daughter, Patricia, takes the first of some ten roles she would have during the run of this series as a young tourist in the Paris of 1889, hoping to visit the "Grande Exposition" with her widowed mother. The mother disappears; the authorities cannot allow any rumours of a plague outbreak in the city, for that would mean the departure of all those tourists needed to make the colossally expensive exhibition a success. This was a minor but very efficient re-telling of the famous story, less gripping than the two earlier movies, but nicely acted and fast-paced.moreless
Mary Forbes

Mary Forbes

Mrs. Winthrop

Guest Star

John Mylong

John Mylong

Doctor

Guest Star

Ann Codee

Ann Codee

Doctor's wife

Guest Star

Alan Napier

Alan Napier

Sir Everett

Recurring Role

Pat Hitchcock

Pat Hitchcock

Diana Winthrop

Recurring Role

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Tonight we are going to tell the story of a woman who disappeared into thin air. By the way, have you noticed that thin air seems to be the type of air most conducive to disappearances? There, certainly, is a fact well worth knowing. Now, in case you seem to recognize parts of the story don't be alarmed. It is familiar because it is a classic of its kind. Many, many people have borrowed this legend quite profitably, too. Two novels have been written about it and it has been made into a motion picture called "The Lady Vanishes". Once by no less a personage than Ah... Alfred Hitchcock. It was also related by Alexander Woollcott in his book "While Rome Burns". Here, following our sponsor's all too brief message is our version of that famous old tale. Now I had better get out of the way to enable you to see better. (He looks off camera.) May I have a bit of thin air, please.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Oh, I'm glad to see so many of you are still with us. There was a disturbing suggestion at the very close of our story which I wish to clear up at once. You will be relieved to hear that Diana and Basil's story ended happily. They did not get married. And now for that part of the program you have all been waiting for. After which, I'll be back.(Fades to commercial.)
      Alfred Hitchcock: And that completes our offering for tonight. However, I am not giving up. Next week I plan to stage a come back. I shall present another in our series of situation tragedies. Good night. (He walks off camera, than pokes his head back.) Oh, Incidentally, ah... I thought the little leading lady was rather good, didn't you?

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