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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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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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Pat Hitchcock was a Pretty Decent Actress
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young woman and her mother arrive in Paris. They check into a hotel. The mother is quite ill and the doctor sends the young woman off to get some medicine. It's all a ruse. When she returns, her mother has disappeared. She begins her personal investigation into the missing mother's whereabouts. One must suspend belief when one considers why this whole persiflage takes place. When we finally find out what happened it makes no sense why these people couldn't have kept the daughter in the loop. She was certainly a cool head, rather staid, and wouldn't have presented a security risk. For a government to have gone to so much effort to cover something up is beyond belief. Also, to have done what they did in a couple hours is also ridiculous. Can you imagine how hard it would be to set all this up, including the remodeling of the hotel room? It's an interesting episode, but it's not the Twilight Zone, so things should have some verisimilitude.

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