So Long at the Fair (1950, Dirk Bogarde, Jean Simmons)

So Long at the Fair

So Long at the Fair is a good British mystery featuring a pair of desperate and unwilling sleuths. Vicky Barton (Jean Simmons) and her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson) arrive in Paris for the Great Exposition of 1889. After a night of excitement, they return to their hotel rooms. The next morning, Johnny has completely vanished and the hotel staff claims Vicky arrived alone. There’s also no record of her brother and his supposed room doesn’t even exist. The police don’t accept Vicky’s story since no one else will corroborate it, until she meets a British artist (Dirk Bogarde) who believes her.

Though Jean Simmons was still a Rank Films contract player in So Long at the Fair she was just a few years away from her first Hollywood film. She began her American career with Androcles and the Lion in 1952.

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Jean Simmons, Honor Blackman, Eugene Deckers, Cathleen Nesbitt, Marcel Poncin, David Tomlinson, Betty Warren

Producer: Betty E. Box
Director of Photography: Reginald Wyer
Editor: Gordon Hales
Composer: Benjamin Frankel
Screenwriters: Hugh Mills, Anthony Thorne
Art Director: George Provis

UK / Rank / 90 minutes / 1950 black and white

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