THE FALLEN IDOL

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In one breath­tak­ing stretch in the late 1940s, Carol Reed made a string of clas­sic thrillers that equal or bet­ter the best of Hitch­cock. They are Odd Man

Out (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948), and The Third Man (1949). This one, about an am­bas­sador’s son (Bobby Hen­rey) who idol­izes the em­bassy butler (Ralph Richard­son) and gets him in a heap of trou­ble while try­ing to pro­tect him, has been re­dis­cov­ered as a lost gem in the last decade. It has re­stored some of the stature of Reed as well. Not rated. 95 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Jonathan Richards)

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