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So Long at the Fair (1950)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  29 March 1951 (USA)
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A young woman visits Paris with her brother only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Vicky Barton
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George Hathaway
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Johnny Barton
Marcel Poncin ...
Narcisse
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Madame Hervé
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Rhoda O'Donovan
Betty Warren ...
Mrs. O'Donovan
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Nina
Eugene Deckers ...
Day Porter
Felix Aylmer ...
British Consul
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Doctor Hart
Austin Trevor ...
Police Commissaire
Natasha Sokolova ...
Charlotte
Nelly Arno ...
Madame Verni
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Vicky Barton and her brother, Johnny, take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When the sister gets up the next morning, she finds her brother and his room had disappeared and no one will even acknowledge that he was ever there. Now Vicky must find out what exactly happened to her brother. Written by DarkDan <DarkDan@comcast.net>

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29 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Curse  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Audiences in 1950 had no trouble identifying where the somewhat ungainly title came from. It's from the fourth line of a well-beloved folk song, not heard much anymore: "Oh, dear, what can the matter be?/ Dear, dear, what can the matter be?/ Oh, dear, what can the matter be?/ Johnny's so long at the fair." It's no stretch to understand who Johnny is in the movie: It's Jean Simmon's character's missing brother, Johnny, and he certainly seems to have overstayed his welcome at this Paris World's Fair. See more »

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At the end of the film at the hospital, there is a statue of St. Therese of Lisieux. The Exposition took place in 1889, eight years before Therese died, and she wasn't made a saint until about 1925. See more »

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Remake of Covered Tracks (1938) See more »

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Tritsch Tratsch Polka
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Music by Johann Strauß Sr.
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This 1950 B&W movie is the story of a young English woman (Vicky Barton), who traveled to Paris to attend the 1889 World Fair. She was accompanied by her brother when they checked into a hotel in Paris, in separate rooms. The brother was booked in room 19. After an afternoon of sightseeing the brother was not feeling well and retired to his room. When Vicky is trying to wake him up in the morning, the room is no longer there, and all hotel personel who saw them together the day before now claim they never saw her brother, in fact, she checked in by herself! They also claim room 19 has always been just a bathroom.

Vicky now has to figure out what happened to her brother.

Charmingly Victorian and mysterious, some of the dialogue is in French. Well acted and executed! I saw this movie when I was growing up in Germany, late 50s or early 60s. All I remembered was the missing hotel room and gentleman, and the burning balloon. I did not know the title, no the actors' names. I had been searching for this movie for years. I finally found it on this website by doing a synopsis search. I then bought a VHS copy on e-bay. Its not a very good copy, but I was so thrilled to be able to see this movie again!


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