Director: Carol Reed
Ralph Richardson, Jack Hawkins, Dandy Nichols, Bernard Lee, Dora Bryan
Philippe, a diplomat’s young son, idolises his father’s butler, Baines. Baines has invented a false but heroic persona to keep the boy entertained, telling him stories of his exotic and daring – but entirely fictitious – adventures in Africa and elsewhere around the globe. Then Baines betrays his wife and after the resulting argument, she accidentally falls from a landing to her death. But Philippe is convinced he saw Baqines murder her…Based on the Graham Greene short story The Basement Room, this is a gripping social drama with all the hallmarks of its author. It was one of the most popular movies at the British box office in 1948.