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Marcel Achard


Marcel Achard (1899–1974) was a French playwright and screenwriter whose popular sentimental comedies maintained his position as a highly-recognizable name in his country's theatrical and literary circles for five decades.

In 1937, the World Film News journal carried a brief news item about Hitchcock's intention to adapt an Achard short story:

First of Hitchcock's next two directorial jobs for G. B. will be another Nova Pilbeam picture, adapted from a French short story by Marcel Achard. Hitch, Joan Harrison, his assistant, and Mrs. Hitchcock (Alma Reville), are working on the script, and production starts in November. Cast so far unsettled.
World Film News, October 1937 (vol. 2, no. 7)

Other newspaper reports from October named the project as False Witness.

However, shortly afterwards, the studio offered Hitchcock the existing Lost Lady project, which he accepted. This was released the following year as The Lady Vanishes (1938).