The Fallen Idol | 1948 | Jack Hawkins, Ralph Richardson

The Fallen Idol | 1948 | Jack Hawkins, Ralph Richardson

Adapted from the Graham Greene story ‘The Basement Room’, Carol Reed’s film brilliantly captures a child’s point of view.

A diplomat’s son Phillippe (Bobby Henrey) finds it hard to understand the adult world he observes inquisitively. He hero worships butler Baines (Ralph Richardson), but lands him in trouble with his stern housekeeper wife (Sonia Dresdel) after seeing the unhappy man ends an affair with Embassy typist Julie (Michele Morgan). The husband and wife quarrel, and when Mrs. Baines is found dead, suspicion falls on Baines. Phillippe attempts to protect him, but has his devotion blinded him to the truth?

Wonderful cinematography and Reed’s masterful direction enhance a compelling story.

cast
Jack Hawkins as Detective Ames
Ralph Richardson as Baines
Michèle Morgan as Julie
Sonia Dresdel as Mrs. Baines
Bobby Henrey as Phillipe
Denis O’Dea as Inspector Crowe
Walter Fitzgerald as Dr. Fenton
Dandy Nichols as Mrs. Patterson
Joan Young as Mrs. Barrow
Karel Stepanek as First Secretary
Gerard Heinz as Ambassador
Torin Thatcher as Policeman
James Hayter as Perry
Geoffrey Keen as Detective Davis
Bernard Lee as Detective Hart
John Ruddock as Dr. Wilson
Hay Petrie as Clock Winder
Dora Bryan as Rose
George Woodbridge as Police Sergeant

crew
Set Designers: Vincent Korda, James Sawyer
Director Of Photography: Georges Périnal
Costume Design: Ivy Baker
Makeup Artist: Dorrie Hamilton
Additional Dialogue: Lesley Storm
Additional Dialogue: William Templeton
Director: Carol Reed
Assistant Director: Guy Hamilton
Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter
Producer: Carol Reed
Executive Producer: Alexander Korda
Associate Producer: Philip Brandon
Production Manager: Hugh Perceval
Original Music Composer: William Alwyn
Sound Editor: Ben Hipkins
Writer: Graham Greene (from his story)

UK | 96 minutes | 1948

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