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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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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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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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Carriage and Pair
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Music by Benjamin Frankel
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Curious little classic
5 July 2002 | by (Flagstaff, AZ) – See all my reviews

Nicely-acted film, particularly by a young Jean Simmons demonstrating the capabilities that made her such a well-known figure later in her acting career. What's probably not so well known about this picture is that it appears to be based on a real incident that supposedly occurred at the Paris Exposition in May of 1889. In the "real" incident (it's tough to find documentation of it), it is the girl's mother, not her brother, who goes missing, but the details are much the same as presented in the film. It's been awhile since I last saw this movie, but as I recall the film ending was quite different from the actual conclusion; in the latter situation, the young lady never found her mother and was eventually committed to an insane asylum in England. Or so the story goes. True story, or old, old urban legend? Either way, it lends a little bit of added dimension to this intriguing, fairly obscure movie.


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