The New Pictures, Apr. 4, 1949

The Fallen Idol (Korda; S.R.O.), when Sir Alexander Korda released it last year in London, was a tremendous hit. Most of the enthusiastic raves were for a nine-year-old, towheaded actor named Bobby Henrey. The rest of the praise went to Author Graham Greene (The Heart of the Matter), who supplied a fascinating story, and to Director Carol Reed (Night Train), who for sheer virtuosity outdid himself. Most of the uproar, it turns out, was solidly justified.

The idol who takes a tumble in the story is Baines (Ralph Richardson), an embassy butler in London....

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