Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 5

Into Thin Air (30 Oct. 1955)

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When a young woman leaves her ill mother in a Paris hotel room and comes back later, she finds her mother is missing, and all the hotel's employees deny she and her mother were ever there.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Diana Winthrop (as Pat Hitchcock)
Geoffrey Toone ...
Basil Farnham
Sir Everett
Maurice Marsac ...
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Winthrop
Ann Codee ...
Doctor's Wife
Gerry Gaylor ...
John Mylong ...
Albert D'Arno ...
Bellhop (as Albert d'Arno)
Peter Camlin ...
Jack Chefe ...
Michael Hadlow ...


Diana Winthrop and her mother arrive in Paris, where a World Exposition is taking place. Mrs. Winthrop had started to feel very tired during the journey, so after they check into their hotel, Diana calls for a doctor. After examining Mrs. Winthrop, the doctor sends Diana in his carriage to his own home, where his wife prepares a medication. A number of things seem odd to Diana, but things become much more worrisome when she returns to the hotel. The desk clerk does not remember her, her signature has disappeared from the hotel register, someone else is occupying her room, and her mother has completely disappeared. Written by Snow Leopard

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30 October 1955 (USA)  »

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The story is based on a late 19th Century urban legend known as the Vanishing Hotel Room. It previously served as the basis for one of the segments of Eerie Tales (1919) and So Long at the Fair (1950). See more »


References The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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Solid Version of the Story Idea, & A Nice Opportunity For Pat Hitchcock
13 February 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is both a solid version of the story idea here titled "Into Thin Air", and a nice opportunity for Pat Hitchcock to take a starring role that, for the most part, also plays to her strengths. The story is an interesting one, and has been used from time to time in various forms, with Alfred Hitchcock himself having used a variant of the basic idea in "The Lady Vanishes". Here, it fits the half-hour anthology format pretty well, using the running time to draw out the mystery just long enough, without building up undue expectations for the resolution.

Pat Hitchcock plays a young woman traveling in Paris with her mother, and experiencing a series of disorienting and frightening events when her mother becomes ill and then disappears. Everyone around her insists on denying facts that she knows to be true, and indeed they always have convincing ways of proving her wrong. If you look at the story from a coldly clinical perspective, there are perhaps a couple of holes in it, and the resolution is perhaps not completely satisfying, but while it lasts, it succeeds quite well in establishing a convincing atmosphere of baffled fear.

In his closing appearance, Alfred Hitchcock plays the proud father, at least to the degree that his dry nature allows him to. Pat Hitchcock was never going to be a star, but she obviously shared her parents' enthusiasm for making good movies, and she always gave solid, believable, sympathetic performances in the various character roles in which she appeared. For Hitchcock fans, it's very nice to see her get this chance to take the spotlight herself for a little while.

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