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Into Thin Air 

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.


Don Medford


Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Marian Cockrell)


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


Diana Winthrop and her mother arrive in Paris. When Mrs. Winthrop starts to fee ill, Diana calls for a doctor. Things become more worrisome when she returns to the hotel, and the desk clerk doesn't recall her, and her signature's disappeared from the register, and her mother's disappeared. Written by Snow Leopard

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Plot Keywords:

hotel room | disappearance | See All (2) »






English | French

Release Date:

30 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[first lines]
Himself - Host: Tonight we are going to tell the story of a woman who disappears 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 ...
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References The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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A Brief Treatment Of A Well-known Story
18 October 2018 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

A variation on a common theme, this episode from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" attempts to provide another take in a half-hour format. Unfortunately, it falls short.

Hitchcock's daughter, Pat, plays the primary character, Diana Winthrop-a young lady traveling with her mother. Their stop at a Parisian hotel turns into a mystery. Or does the young woman suffer from a mental malady? Pat Hitchcock is convincing as the distraught daughter who may be the victim of gaslighting, but the half-hour formula can be blamed for an abrupt ending that offers no surprise, merely resolution.

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