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.
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?
Alfred Hitchcock is referring to his daughter Pat Hitchcock in the last line of the closing narration.
This episode is based on a tale related in Alexander Woollcott's While Rome Burns (1934).
Hitchcock alludes to his own film The Lady Vanishes in his introduction.