Rent The Fallen Idol (1948)

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1h 31min
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Synopsis:
"The Fallen Idol" tells the story of Philippe (Bobby Henrey), the young son of a diplomat who, trying to understand the adult world as seen through the eyes of a child, lies to defend those closest to him. When his butler friend Baines (Ralph Richardson) is suspected of murdering his wife, the vital information that Philippe holds falls on deaf ears...
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Directors:
Producers:
Carol Reed
Writers:
Graham Greene, Lesley Storm, William Templeton
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1949 BAFTA Best British Film

1948 Venice Film Festival Best Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
07/11/2005
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/11/2015
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Robert Henrey
  • Guy Hamilton Remembers 'The Fallen Idol'
  • Locations Featurette with Richard Dacre
  • Interview with Film Historian Charles Drazin
  • Interview with Richard Ayoade
  • Restoration Comparison

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Reviews (1) of The Fallen Idol

Fallen Innocence. - The Fallen Idol review by RP

Spoiler Alert
22/11/2020

Ralph Richardson is perfect as the Butler to a French Diplomat. The Butler and his wife keep the embassy house going and clean and tidy The Diplomats young son with little to do but keep little creepy crawlies as friends and pets, finds a friendship with the only adult that will give him the time of day. But the wife has little time for mess or the young boys pets. She seems to have little time for her husband either.

With the Diplomat away, the house relaxes. But while the boy wants to play, the Butler has formed a relationship with a young secretary. After a shocking accident the boy is torn between what he thought he saw and his friendship with the Butler.

A satisfying film with lots of actors popping up who are well recognised from old British films. Sonia Dresdel, who plays the wife, may occasionally break into being a pantomime villain but She does it well enough and all the cast make this a perfect Sunday afternoon type watch. The sort of film British studios once did so well. Very glad to see this again and still a great film.

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