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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 & Crew

Michèle Morgan
Julie
Sonia Dresdel
Mrs. Baines
Jack Hawkins
Detective Ames
Bernard Lee
Detective Hart
Philip Brandon
Associate Producer
William Alwyn
Original Music
Georges Périnal
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Fallen Idol

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (34)

Audience Reviews for The Fallen Idol

  • Apr 07, 2021
    If I taught a filmmaking class this work of art would be among the first films I'd shoe my students. It works on every level. Of particular interest is the set design of the embassy by Vincent Korda. Director Carol Reed's The Third Man, which he did months later, is why perhaps this gem of his has been overlooked.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2013
    Nicely executed by Richardson and the rest of the cast. One of the best of the British thrillers.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2013
    The crime plot is irrelevant; the relevant topic treated is moral. Two things caught my attention: the stunning photography and the attention Carol Reed gives to small details. Every single object you see on screen has a purpose and its appearance in the frame was premeditated, like an equation. It is true, however, that we must be careful. We play a part in God's game. 95/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2011
    You always know when you are about to watch a Carol Reed film, you're in for something special. However this hidden gem is truly special. It's quiet, slow-burning and subtle and all the more believable for it. The performances are naturalistic, compelling and so sympathetic you find yourself totally immersed in the story and the characters that when it ends all too soon, you grieve for the loss. Never has the term "they don't make them like that anymore" been so apt.
    Sarah B Super Reviewer

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