The Fallen Idol


Sandwiched between Carol Reed’s two towering late ’40s melodramas Odd Man Out and The Third Man, The Fallen Idol risks being overlooked. This is small-scale, chamber-music filmmaking, understated, but masterly. A never-better Ralph Richardson plays Baines, butler at a Belgravia embassy, yoked to a shrewish wife and yearning after embassy secretary Michèle Morgan. When Mrs Baines pops it suspiciously, the butler quickly finds himself in deep shit. Extras? Zilch. They are, indeed, not spoiling us.


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