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So Long at the Fair (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama , Mystery | 29 March 1951 (USA)
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:
Jean Simmons ... Vicky Barton
Dirk Bogarde ... George Hathaway
David Tomlinson ... Johnny Barton
Marcel Poncin Marcel Poncin ... Narcisse
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Madame Hervé
Honor Blackman ... Rhoda O'Donovan
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Mrs. O'Donovan
Zena Marshall ... Nina
Eugene Deckers ... Day Porter
Felix Aylmer ... British Consul
André Morell ... Doctor Hart
Austin Trevor ... Police Commissaire
Natasha Sokolova Natasha Sokolova ... Charlotte
Nelly Arno Nelly Arno ... Madame Verni
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

29 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Curse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Carriage and Pair
(uncredited)
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Used several times during journeys through the city
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Marvelous movie
30 June 2001 | by rollo_tomasoSee all my reviews

This is an unsung masterpiece. The atmosphere of the 1896 Paris Exhibition is superbly recreated. Jean Simmons is magnificent as the heroine, and Dirk Bogarde has genuine chemistry with her as an aspiring artist who is the only one who believes her. Cathleen Nesbitt is perfection itself in her role, and a young Honor Blackman scores points in an important bit part. And David Tomlinson (later George Banks of Mary Poppins fame) is memorable as Simmons' brother. The sound track and art direction are also terrific. The script is taut and the dialogue crisp. All this and perfect pacing too. I've seen this five times and still look for it whenever it is on. Most highly recommended.

By the way, another reviewer thought this was some sort of re-working of Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. Aside from the fact that someone vanishes (a man), not much else relates. This is much closer to a Jeanne Crain B-movie that came out a few years later called Dangerous Crossing.


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