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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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Drama | Mystery

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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

In the opening scene, an advertisement for the Paris Exposition Universelle states that it will be open from May 6 to November 6, 1889. Actually it closed on October 31, 1889, and the closing ceremony was held on November 6, 1889. The advertisements before and during the exposition were as stated above. See more »

Alternate Versions

The same story is alluded to in Ernest Hemingway's early satirical novel "The Torrents of Spring," published in 1926, the same year as "The Sun Also Rises." One of the characters recounts the events as having happened to her. By way of explanation, Hemingway recounts the tale, the version with the mother, in the afterword, the "Author's Final Note to the Reader." See more »

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

Soundtracks

Coronation March
(uncredited)
from "Le Prophete"
Music by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Used during opening credit sequence
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Entertaining and suspenseful
23 September 2000 | by ImnozySee all my reviews

Having seen this movie again after many years, I was surprised how well it holds up.

Jean Simmons gave a convincing performance as the young girl, terrified and confused by the disappearance overnight of her brother and the refusal of the hotel staff to acknowledge that he even existed. Dirk Bogarde gives his usual excellent performance as the English artist who comes to her rescue.

Although the plot is fairly predictable, the suspense is maintained right to the end, the setting of Paris during the Great Exhibition is picturesque and both Miss Simmons and Mr Bogarde look delightful What more can you ask for?


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