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The Fallen Idol (The Lost Illusion) (1948)

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James Hayter James Hayter
Perry
Geoffrey Keen Geoffrey Keen
Detective Davis
Bernard Lee Bernard Lee
Detective Hart
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie
Clock Winder
Dora Bryan Dora Bryan
Rose
George Woodbridge George Woodbridge
Police Sergeant
Robert Cawdron Robert Cawdron
Policeman
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon
Waitress


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4 years, 5 months ago at May 27 20:41
If you have seen Sir Carol Reed's The Third Man, then you know the high standards he applies to his art. He was a brilliant director, who left a legacy that is memorable. A legacy that has survived the test of time. Add to that this film's personification of evil in the character of Mrs. Baines. Sonia Dresdel is superb, turning in a performance equal to that of Dame Judith Anderson in Rebecca. Si... read more
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Elegantly balancing suspense and farce, Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s tale of the fraught relationship between a boy and the beloved butler he suspects of murder is a delightfully macabre thriller of the first order and a visually and verbally dazzling knockout.
Release date: 25 October 1948
Tags: Film Noir (6), Mystery (5), Thriller (4), Drama (4), British (3), 1948 (3), 1940s (3), Police (2), Gun (2), Criterion (2), Children (2), Lie (2), Kid (2), Butler (2), Cigarette Smoking (1), Killing A Snake (1), Mother Son Relationship (1), Secrets (1), Understanding (1), Boy (1)
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"“It’s things like that give secrets away,” Baines (Ralph Richardson) tells eight-year-old Phillipe (Bobby Henrey) after he’s caught having tea and holding hands with a young woman the boy concludes is the man’s niece. Baines, the family butler, has long been filling the kid’s head with secrets and lies, of tall tales of his many adventures in Africa. It was all in good fun, but this latest secret, unbeknownst to the boy, takes on truly dire consequences after Baines’s shockingly cr"


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“If you have seen Sir Carol Reed's The Third Man, then you know the high standards he applies to his art. He was a brilliant director, who left a legacy that is memorable. A legacy that has survived the test of time. Add to that this film's personification of evil in the character of Mrs. Baines. Sonia Dresdel is superb, turning in a performance equal to that of Dame Judith Anderson in Rebecca. Sir Ralph Richardson, and young Bobby Henrey, are equal to Dresdel's level of performance. Lovely Michele Morgan is also in the American film noir, The Chase (1946). My only question is, why isn't the UK's Sonia Dresdel "Dame Sonia Dresdel" ... she is certainly worthy of the title.” read more

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