Vicky Barton (Jean Simmons) and her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson) take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When Vicky gets up the next morning, she finds Johnny 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.
29 March 1951 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Black Curse
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
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
When you were dancing, did he say anything?
He said he loved Paris, he loved his studio, he loved his painting, he loved dancing, but he didn't say anything about loving me.
You don't encourage him, Rhoda, that's the trouble. How do you expect him to make up his mind if you don't help him? Where would you be if I hadn't made up your father's mind?
Really, Ma, what an improper question!
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
Referenced in The Kiss of the Vampire
from "Le Prophete"
Music by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Used during opening credit sequence See more