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The Fallen Idol (1948)

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1 hour, 35 minutes

Country UK

Studio 20th Century Fox, London Films

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Other Titles
• The Fallen Idol
• Kleines Herz in Not (1949)
• The Lost Illusion (1948)
• Lost Illusion (1949)

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Murder, Infidelity, Suspense, Psychodrama, Investigation

Plot: In Carol Reed, Graham Greene found his ideal collaborator, one willing to tackle a subject as complex as that of a child's glimpse into the ambiguous moral twilight of the adult world. Although THE FALLEN IDOL stars Ralph Richardson as Baines, an embassy butler, it's told from the point of view of Phillipe (Bobby Henrey), the eight-year-old son of the ambassador. The butler has regaled the boy with tales of his youthful adventures, and the boy's feeling for the servant has come to border on idol worship. One weekend when Phillipe has been left in the care of Baines and his wife (Sonia Dresdel), he learns that the butler is involved with Julie (Michele Morgan), an embassy typist. As Mrs. Baines grills the boy about what he knows, the truth slips out. From belowstairs, the boy later hears a violent quarrel between husband and wife. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Baines falls to her death fom a window whle spying on Julie. As events unfold, Phillipe begins to understand how little he had known his friend, and how slippery truth can be in the world of adults. A penetrating study of an area seldom explored, the film features a performance of tremendous subtlety by Ralph Richardson.

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 Directed by
Carol Reed
The Third Man, Oliver!, Mutiny on the Bounty
 Written by
Graham Greene
The Third Man, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair
Bernard Lee
The Third Man, Goldfinger, Moonraker
Ralph Richardson
Doctor Zhivago, Time Bandits, Rollerball
Sonia Dresdel
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Denis O'Dea
Niagara, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Under Capricorn
Jack Hawkins
Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben-Hur
Walter Fitzgerald
Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Treasure Island, H.M.S. Defiant
 Music By
William Alwyn
A Night to Remember, Swiss Family Robinson, The Crimson Pirate

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