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    Picturegoer, page 3, dated October 23rd, 1948.


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    Bobby Henrey will be talking to Francine Stock about The Fallen Idol on BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme this Thursday, 10/12/2015, at 16:00 GMT.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06r885c

    Nick

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    Yes, Nick, I'm looking forward to hearing it and will hold my cassette recorder microphone near to the radio loudspeaker in order to record it, as I have no other way of recording it...although I'm sure that these days, there are easier ways to do it if you have the right equipment and know how to use it.

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    It was really interesting and he seems very pleasant. Thanks for pointing it out, Nick.

    dbf, were you able to record it ok?

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    Yes, I recorded the whole programme because I didn't know when he would be on in it. As it turned out, he was on for the last ten minutes or a third of the programme. His second and last film, The Wonder Kid, filmed in 1949, I thought was quite good...although not in the same league as The Fallen Idol. However, its promotion wasn't helped by the fact that London Films for some strange reason now lost in the mists of time didn't release the film until May, 1952. It should have been released at least two years earlier.

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    It was interesting to hear his views at this remove of time but I felt the interview lacked depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan gowdy View Post
    It was interesting to hear his views at this remove of time but I felt the interview lacked depth.
    Yes, it was far too short, Alan. He should have been given half an hour at least. The 18 minutes interview on the new BluRay and DVD is better, but my guess is it would have been cut down from a much longer interview...perhaps an hour originally.

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    For the interests of thread readers and out of my own specialism in film posters, I've been looking about for a poster of The Wonder Kid, but at short notice this German version is the only success

    http://movie-poster-universe.com/posters/howalfa/87

    Are there any English language designs out there? I'll post up some links if found, if others might be interested.

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    There would have been a quad poster for it originally, Rick, but I've never seen one. Plenty of stills for it at the time in ABC Film Review (including a colour photo on the cover of the May, 1952, issue) and in Picture Show magazine and film annuals, but no poster. Also, in all my fourteen years on eBay, I've only come across one press photo from the film (Bobby and the director on location in Austria), but not even one Front-of-House still. However, they must be out there somewhere.

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    An 8 x 10 publicity portrait by Ted Reed of Sir Ralph Richardson and Michele Morgan as Baines and Julie.


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    ^ Oh dear, they're both looking glum in that picture. I wonder if they've just had visit from Rev Philip Caraman to tell them about Leviticus admonishing the adulterers.

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    They could well have had.

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    Carol Reed in thoughtful mood on the steps of the grand staircase during a break in filming The Fallen Idol, photographed by Ted Reed.


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    On the set at Shepperton Studios in late 1947. Scanned from the book A Film Star in Belgrave Square.




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    Carol Reed and Bobby Henrey in conversation on the stairs leading from the basement room to the embassy foyer.
    Scanned from the book A Film Star in Belgrave Square.


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    Without transcribing the interview word for word, these are a few anecdotes that I recall Guy Hamilton saying on the new DVD extra about the making of The Fallen Idol.

    "Belgrave Square was a very posh area and the residents didn't take too kindly to us filming there at night with very noisy generators powering the arc lights and they threatened to call the police if we didn't stop. We were filming Bobby Henrey running along the wet cobblestones in a mews and had the same problem, the noisy generators keeping the residents awake and this man came out and threatened to drive his car up and down the mews all night to disrupt us and Carol Reed told him that would be amazing and was just what we needed and could he start doing it now? Well, the man looked at Carol and then went back in.

    Film stock in those days was very slow and although Vincent Korda's embassy set at Shepperton was magnificent, it was so huge that it took a very large amount of brutes (large arc lights) to light it and one of the brutes would fizzle out while we were filming a scene and we had to stop filming while it was sorted out.

    When I saw the first rough cut of the film, it lasted for three hours and I never thought it would be a hit. It was a great big pudding! But Carol eventually edited it down to the 94 minutes it runs for now and he was surprised when it was so successful. He taught me how important editing can be to a film.
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    Guy Hamilton's editor on Goldfinger was Peter Hunt, who to me directed a very edit-driven On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Both pictures were a credit to the Bond franchise. I trust there was some kind of editing heritage here, a genetic memory.

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    Yes, although sole editing credit for The Fallen Idol went to Oswald Hafenrichter, Carol Reed would have been with him all the time in the editing room, so the editing was really a joint venture between the two of them. It's often been said that the editing in the film is far tighter and faster in pace than other films from 1948 and there may well have been an editing history shared with Guy Hamilton and Peter Hunt that went back to that film in 1948.
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    Before a take, Bobby Henrey gets his hair brushed by Walleen, while his Governess at Shepperton Studios, Mrs Cleverley, looks on.
    Scanned from the book A Film Star in Belgrave Square.


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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    Oh, that's a shame. Immortalised in a still and identity unknown. Bobby Henrey also had a stand-in named Eric (surname not known) who, although the same size as Bobby was actually twice Bobby's age and whose main job as a stand-in was to stand-in for Bobby in a scene while the shot was being set up so that Bobby wouldn't get tired before an actual take. Here they are together in a photo scanned from the 1948 book A Film Star in Belgrave Square.

    I've found out the stand-in's full name...it was Eric Jones who, if still alive, would be 85 years old by now.

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