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It is 1889 and Paris is crowded with visitors for it is the eve of the opening of the Great Exhibition . Victoria (Jean Simmons) and her brother, Johnny (David Tomlinson), arrive to take part in the event. Leaving her brother at the bar Vicky retires to her hotel room for the night. Next morning she excitedly runs to see Johnny and is bewildered to find that both her brother and his room has disappeared. Her surprise turns to concern when all the other staff and guests deny ever seeing her brother. None of the authorities will believe her story, but by chance she meets a young English artist, George (Dirk Bogarde) who knows her story to be true. Together they must try to unravel the mystery.
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The tale is based on a true event at the time of the 19th Century Great Exhibition in Paris. Jean Simmons attends the World Fair with her brother, played by David Tomlinson. After a night on the town, they retire to their little hotel, to their separate rooms. Comes the morning -- no brother. He has disappeared. Even more bizarre, so has his room And no-one will believe that either he or his room were there. The lady must be mad.
Enter Dirk Bogarde playing the romantic lead in a fun fey way. He's very languid and high-camp, as if he doesn't quite believe his role -- his slight air of alienation somehow aids rather than detracts from the movie.
This is a little mid-Century British gem and until a better transfer comes along, this will do quite nicely.
David Tomlinson (looking very serious and attractive playing 'straight') is Mr. Barton who simply vanishes into thin air over night leaving his sister (played by Jean Simmons) alone and destitute in France at the time of the Great Exhibition'. Not only that - but all trace of him; his room, his belongings along with any records or proof of him having ever existed!
This is one of those movies that (providing you don't know the story - and thus the outcome) will keep you hooked until the very end!
Dirk Bogarde also stars, but great credit must go to the fabulous and popular Great British actress Cathleen Nesbitt who once again plays a very convincing French woman with sinister undertones.
A collection of well-known faces and stars of British cinema in this, and I can't imagine anyone disliking it.
Screenwise Hitch would have had a field-day with all this but he'd already travelled this route by train, of course, in the dear old days with Gainsborough. By the time the same company was bringing Thorne to the movies in 1949 Hitch was a VIP from Hollywood, filming in Britain under its aegis. Gainsborough's new production could certainly have done with his unique spark and his piercing intimacy.Read more ›
The DVD via Spirit Entertainment from Great Britain has an adequate transfer if on the soft side (it could have used a little more contrast too) but perfectly watchable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Based on the urban myth of the disappearing hotel room, this film was made in 1950 and has the feel of a low budget production, perhaps made at one of the smaller UK studios of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gary O'Riley
This is an EXCELLENT mystery, well-acted by a great cast. No sense in repeating the plot, which has been repeated in every other review. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good lark - lovely to watch the beautiful Jean Simmons. Ends a little quickly and perhaps ultimately the resolution not entirely satisfying, but still a fun little movie.Published 9 months ago by Howard R. Andrew
Good drama with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde. Nice setting in Paris at the 1889 Paris Exposition.
It is a pity about the quality of the reproduction which is quite poor. Read more
Stopped playing within 10seconds. Struggled on with it .. then gave up.
I have it a star in order to submit the review.
Brilliant film, amazing cast with taut direction. Well worth adding to your collection.Published 17 months ago by A. Bear
I do not watch this movie yet. I simply odered it for fullfilling my Dirk Bogarde's collection.Published 19 months ago by sea guy