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1 hr. 34 min.

Plot Summary
The young son of a diplomat, Phillipe (Bobby Henrey), often finds himself alone. To entertain the boy, the household butler, Baines (Ralph Richardson), creates adventurous stories of his past. As a result, Phillipe idolizes the servant, seeing him as a hero. But when Baines' wife (Sonia Dresdel) falls to her death, the police believe Baines was behind it. Phillipe, who witnessed the event, will do anything to protect the butler -- but he only makes things worse by doing so.

Cast: Ralph Richardson , Michèle Morgan , Bobby Henrey , Sonia Dresdel , Jack Hawkins , Bernard Lee ,

Director: Carol Reed

Genres: Thriller

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

The Fallen Idol (1948)

Release Date: September 30th, 1948|1 hr. 34 min.

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  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Of all the movies that try to take us into the mind and viewpoint of a child, Carol Reed's 1948 The Fallen Idol, adapted by Graham Greene from his short story, is one of the most ingenious. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Formally, the movie's a lasting pleasure: Reed's incisive direction; Greene's easy yet weighted dialogue; the farseeing deep-focus photography of Georges Perinal; Vincent Korda's luxuriant sets. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    It might be lesser known, but certainly not deservingly so. This is a cracking piece of Brit cinema. show more

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