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so long at the fair
- kevin sellers
To the general rule that movies with two directors are not very good this film is a stylish exception. Nice, creepy mystery/suspense tale. It's not quite Hitchcock level, but it's close. If Hitch had directed it you can be sure he would have made Jean Simmons' character more interesting by suggesting that she could well be insane, while simultaneously dialing down the standard woman in jeopardy stuff, and giving both her and Dirk Bogarde a lot more zing and overall sexual chemistry. However, I must admit the story kept me guessing until almost the end (it helps that I don't speak French since there is a key scene spoken in that language, without subtitles) and co directors Terence Fisher and Anthony Darnborough keep things going at a good clip, so that you never feel bogged down. Also, as the previous reviewer alluded to, the art and set decoration, particularly that stuffy, heavy, late Victorian Parisian hotel, is excellent. And once the film is over you look back on certain scenes, like the balloon that catches fire in mid ascension, and the desperate ringing of the #19 room bell, with new appreciation. So, let's give it a B plus. P.S. It comes as no surprise that sexy brunette connoisseur Howard Hughes snatched Jean Simmons away from the Rank organization.
This is an incredibly wonderful mystery. Great attention is paid to every detail of life in Paris in 1889 during the time of great Exposition. As an example, the guys registry in the Hotel where the mystery begins is opened several times for us to see. The list of guest names is in all of the languages of Europe. One visitor name is Austrian and the home city is Wien--Vienna. That's detail! Costumes, the sets, the creepiness of those who have made John Barton and room 19 disappear--they all add up to an wonderful story. Jean Simmons is at her elegant and beautiful best in this film. Thank you to TCM for showing this film. It's a treasure.
SAW THIS MOVIE ONCE ON TCM & NEVER FORGOT IT. AWESOME MOVIE. KEEPS YOU GUESSING RIGHT TO THE END! WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT RELEASED ON HOME VIDEO. I'D WATCH IT OVER & OVER. SOME MOVIES ARE LIKE THAT. NOT SURE WHAT IT WAS ABOUT THIS MOVIE, BUT I LOVED IT. HOPE THEY RELEASE IT SOON. WISH THEY WOULD AT LEAST PLAY IT ON TV AGAIN.
So Long at the Fair is Fair Enough
This is kind of a neat film except for a few things. I really didn't like the ending, but upon reading that this film was based upon an urban legend, it made more sense to me. I also was annoyed by Simmons' acting at times. Of course, that is not something that is isolated to just this movie, watching her in other films makes me feel a bit annoyed too. All in all though I do think this is a movie that should be seen as a representation of early and quirky urban legends.
Great movie, but wrong date in TCM synopsis.
- Eric K. Washington
I love this movie! It's worth noting that the synopsis gives the wrong date. The story is set at the famous Paris Exposition of 1889 -- not 1896. This is plainly established in the very first shot as the camera zooms into a program cover that bears the image of the Eiffel Tower and the date, 1889.
SO LONG AT THE FAIR
WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!!! PLEASE PUT IT OUT ON DVD!!! WAITING FORIT TO BE PLAYED AGAIN ON TCM!!! THE WHOLE STORY IS TERRIFIC-- LOTS OF SUSPENSE.
SO LONG AT THE FAIR
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. ONLY SAW IT ONCE ON TCM. PLEASE PLAY IT AGAIN. GREAT SURPRISE ENDING. IF IT EVER COMES OUT IN DVD, I HAVE TO HAVE IT.
I love this movie. Great acting and suspense. When I first saw it I had to have it, but it is not yet on DVD. I hope TCM plays it soon so I can record it. Everyone would enjoy this film.
so long at the fair
- pat collins
This is truly a classic. It is unique and one of the best of the old films. Please release this film because it is a film to be shared with many.
A good movie
- Darby Heine
Jean Simmons is excellent in this. I great rainy dayfilm and a must see I remember it in color and it was a beautiful movie and period piece. Beautiful costumes in color. Enjoy !!!!
Title tenuous, but plot intriguing
This is a comment to the person who didn't like the title. It refers to an old song that goes, "Oh, dear, what can the matter be, Johnny's so long at the fair." It actually makes sense if you have that reference, since the brother's name is "Johnny," he seems to have disappeared, and they're at a world's fair exhibition when the Eiffel Tower opened. I agree that the title is a bit esoteric now, but a 1950 audience would have remembered that allusion.This was a beautifully filmed story, the actors were excellent--Jean Simmons was a beautiful woman--and the plot is completely intriguing! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
So Long at the Fair
Sustained suspense all the way through the film with excellent acting by the entire cast. My only criticism is that the title doesn't fit the film. The title sounds like a Meet Me in St. Louis type of film but the film is more along the Hitchcock line.
So Long at the Fair (1950)
- Celia Trimboli
Great mystery. Keeps you guessing until the end.
Loved it! Can't wait to see it again!
It's been years and years since I first saw this film. I loved everything about it -- the period setting, the casting, the plot, the sense of time and place, and the truly unexpected ending. I've been searching for it forever and hope I get the chance to see it again soon. I recommend it to everyone.
I HAVE A HOMEMADE VIDEO COPY MADE 20 YEARS AGO. A TERRIFIC MYSTERY,ONE OF MY FAVORITES OF THE ERA. WONDERFULLY ACTED, DIRECTED. I INTRODUCED MY YOUNG GRANDDAUGHTERS TO THE MOVIE & THEY LOVED IT. THEY COMMENTED THAT MYSTERIES WERE BETTER IN B&W. CANT WAIT UNTIL I GET GET A BETTER COPY.
One of my top 5 movies of all time.
Exquisite movie. There is one exchangebetween Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde regading a letter, that should have earned them both Academy Awards. Dialogue, setting, suspense, this movie has it all!
A VERY SOLID MOVIE WITH GREAT PERFORMANCES
Little known jewel of a film.
Outstanding cast and story makes you sit on the edge of your seat.
I just "happened upon" this movie, and was completed enthralled from the start. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I NEVER guessed the ending!
"How does it end?" (Spoiler alert)
If you don't want to know how this movie ends, stop reading this comment. This comment is for Cate. The female hotel owner tells the police that the man in room 19 had taken ill and a doctor had been called. The doctor took him to a local charitable hospital run by nuns. The chief of police and the two leads go to the hospital and find no one by the brother's name at the hospital, but when they tell the nuns the doctor's name, he is called. The doctor explains that the brother had contracted bubonic plague in Italy and was spirited away to prevent a city-wide panic during the Exhibition. Although gravely ill, its apparent that the brother will survive.
Charming period mystery
I'd never seen this film until today and must say I was riveted from beginning to end. Jean Simmons is delightful and really steals the show. Beautiful costumes and period settings. Highly recommended..a costume drama/mystery with a unique twist. Dirk Bogarde ably assists.
How does it end?????
Yikes! I saw a tape of this wonderful film, and the tape ran out!!! ....Just when the two leads break through the wall at the hotel, and the brother/sister owners are at the police station, making a confession. Can someone please tell me what happens? Thanks!
Such a great film
The first and only time I have seen this film was on TCM. I rank it as one of my top all-time favorites due simply to the fact that when I saw it, not knowing anything about it, I was totally sucked into the story and the intrigue of what happened to her brother. The ending was so unexpected and I am very eager to see this film again.
"So Long at the Fair" worth watching
- Linda Pearl
I found the film "So Long at the Fair" to be extemely interesting & held my attention all the way through. My opinion is that it ranks with Hitchcock films.