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So Long at the Fair (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 29 March 1951 (USA)
Vicky Barton (Jean Simmons) visits Paris with her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson), 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 (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. Written by DarkDan <DarkDan@comcast.net>

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Drama | Mystery

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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

The same story had been used as part of the German silent portmanteau horror movie Eerie Tales (1919), directed by Richard Oswald, and starring Conrad Veidt. 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 »

Connections

Remake of Covered Tracks (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Coronation March
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from "Le Prophete"
Music by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Used during opening credit sequence
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An elegant suspense feast for the senses.
14 January 2006 | by BrentCarletonSee all my reviews

"So Long at the Fair" manages to fuse the macabre with the swank in a singularly enjoyable nerve wracker set in 1889 Paris.

Director Terence Fisher leads his audience with aplomb from the gaiety of the Moulon Rouge to the lugubrious shadows of a convent hospital with an assurance missing from most modern thrillers.

Production values are first rate from the elegant hotel to the elaborately wrought fair sequences.

One could scarcely ask for a more debonair and attractive couple than Mr. Bogarde, (with his famous pompadour intact), and the exquisite Miss Simmons, who, in her turn provides a welcome reminder of 19th century feminine deportment. And Villainess Cathleen Nesbitt, with her cut glass diction, and rustling black bombazine, defines sinister suavity in a way you won't soon forget.

Kudos also to Honor Blackman who wears a bustle with distinction.


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