May 1889. Like many others, young adult siblings Johnny and Victoria Barton, British nationals who have only each other in the world, have arrived in Paris, they traveling from Naples via Marseilles, for the World's Exposition. While Victoria is a bundle of excitement for their forty-eight hour stay in Paris for their one full day, the opening day the day after their arrival, at the Exposition, Johnny is preoccupied by all the logistics of their extended vacation. The one day changes one-hundred eighty degrees when first thing in the morning, Victoria cannot only not locate Johnny, but there is no indication of he ever having even been at the hotel where they are staying at all. The hotel owner, Mme. Hervé, her brother Narcisse, the front desk clerk and bellboy who waited on them deny that Victoria came with anyone to the hotel, his name is not in the hotel register and even the hotel room where he was supposedly in, number 19, has totally disappeared, Mme. Hervé showing Victoria that...Written by
The film takes place from May 5 to May 8, 1889. See more »
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 »
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!
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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 »
Fascinating film from Britain's Rank/Gainsborough Pictures, slyly written by Hugh Mills and Anthony Thorne, has young woman from Naples traveling with her stuffy brother to Paris in 1889 for the Exposition, only to awaken the next morning in their hotel to find her sibling strangely missing. Plot-line has since been well-trodden, and probably wasn't completely fresh in 1950, however the mechanics of the situation are engrossing due in no small part to the direction and performances. Jean Simmons, in both period dress and costume for the festivities, looks very beautiful and handles the high drama with aplomb (though perhaps giving her Vicky Barton more dialogue might have made the character even sharper). Dirk Bogarde, as a painter who met the missing man quite by chance the night he vanished, is excellent teaming up with Simmons to play detective. Stylish, enjoyable film plays fair with the audience to a large degree; a few far-fetched incidents, including a head-scratching balloon disaster, don't detract from the fun. *** from ****
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