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Release Date: 1948

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2006

Not Yet Rated|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

Production Co: London Film Production [gb], British Lion Film Corporation [gb]

Keywords: Son, London, 1940s, Quest, Suspenseful, Mystery, Investigation, Dark, Wife, Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

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

  • 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

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Awards

Nominated Special Foreign Language Film Award
Nominated Writing (Screenplay)
Nominated Film From Any Source
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1948)
Nominated Directing
Winner British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1948)