Tired Old Queen At The Movies #140 [VIDEO]

Clip recap:

Ralph Richardson, Michele Morgan and the amazing child actor Bobby Henrey star in Carol Reed’s version of Graham Greene’s suspense classic “The Fallen Idol” (1948). Also starring Sonia Dresdel as the terrifying housekeeper Mrs. Baines, this story deals with the love between a butler and a little boy in an embassy in London and the complications that arise when the child begins to believe his friend the butler may be murderer. The suspense is taut, brilliantly written by Greene and directed by Carol Reed, in what would be a trilogy of suspense films that began with “Odd Man Out” (1947) and ended “The Third Man” (1949). It also contains one of the greatest performances by a child ever shot. You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout this suspense classic!

  • bkmn

    A nice change from the nightmare that is Hair Furor.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Although the title could be an apt metaphor for the fate of Hair Furor.

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  • Ernest Endevor

    I would say that’s kind of overselling it but it is a good movie and Reed was a fine director.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      That’s sort of his modus operandi

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I saw Trick again recently and had forgotten that Steve Hayes was in it!

  • greenmanTN

    I love these clips, though I have to admit I’m glad he’s toned down the camp a bit. He’s very knowledgable about movies, a film scholar in fact and I enjoy his clips very much.

    Hey, I’m an old film buff too, but if you put me in front of a camera I’d be stuttering, saying “like” every fifth word, and be a total mess, so that wasn’t a criticism, just an observation. I like it better when he’s not mugging for the camera.

    As an offside there is a great and disturbing British film from the same period, “The Rocking Horse Winner.”

    • Robincho

      TOQ is knowledgeable about movies, yes, but that knowledge doesn’t seem to include the fact that Richardson’s first name is pronounced Rafe. Like Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Ralph Fiennes. And Alph, the sacred river of Kubla Khan… They all rhyme
      with chafe, which is what I do when I hear this shit…

      • Always Antonio

        Sorry, but Richardson did not use the “Rafe” pronunciation. I was preparing to work with him on a BBC radio drama in 1983 and his agent made this quite clear (although I knew it anyway – our director had known Richardson for years and would certainly not have got the name wrong). Sadly he was too ill to complete the engagement and was replaced by Raymond Huntley.

      • greenmanTN

        Honestly? I didn’t even know that Ralph Fiennes pronounced his name “rafe.” It’s more spare and elegant sounding than “ralf” I suppose, but entirely immaterial when discussing a movie’s merits or lack of them. What’s important is the depth of knowledge and love of film.

  • Treant

    Great, another movie I have to go track down. 🙂

  • KQCA

    Even though I’m not into musicals or old movies, I am NUTS about these videos from Tired Old Queen at the Movies. I have said this VERY rarely in my life, but, “I am a fan.” He is clever and entertaining while sharing lots of knowledge, and he never fails to make me laugh and leave me smiling. Co-workers appreciate my days that begin with a clip from Tired Old Queen at the Movies.

    I’ve watched these for years on joemygod.com but I have no idea why TOQATM started making these videos and where he intended to air them. Does anyone know?

  • NancyP

    I loved that movie. In the pre-cable years, it showed up on tv every once in a while.