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So Long at the Fair (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 29 March 1951 (USA)
Vicky Barton visits Paris with her brother Johnny, only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.


Anthony Thorne (novel), Hugh Mills (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Victoria Barton
Dirk Bogarde ... George Hathaway
David Tomlinson ... Johnny Barton
Honor Blackman ... Rhoda O'Donovan
Felix Aylmer ... British Consul
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Madame Hervé
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Mrs. O'Donovan
Marcel Poncin Marcel Poncin ... Narcisse
Austin Trevor ... Police Commissaire
André Morell ... Doctor Hart (as Andre Morell)
Zena Marshall ... Nina
Eugene Deckers ... Day Porter


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 Huggo

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Paris ! ... city of love and intrigue ... scene of the most fascinating mystery ever filmed !


Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


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 »


Mrs. O'Donovan: When you were dancing, did he say anything?
Rhoda O'Donovan: 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.
Mrs. O'Donovan: 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?
Rhoda O'Donovan: Really, Ma, what an improper question!
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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 »


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


Coronation March
from "Le Prophete"
Music by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Used during opening credit sequence
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Simmons and Bogarde excel in enjoyable mystery...
10 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

29 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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