This is a well done story about a boy who idolizes the butler. The butler gets accused of murder and you can figure out the rest. The film does a good job of showing us the world through the boy’s eyes and the cinematography is first rate. However, I was kinda bored. At the end of this review it’s worth a look.
Carol Reed is best known for making the Joseph Cotton/Orson Welles noir classic The Third Man (1949). However, a few years before that he made another noir film, except this one was rather political. The film is about a man who is part of “The Organization”, a veiled reference to the IRA (Irish Republic Army). He goes out with some friends and winds up killing a man unintentionally. The entire film consists of him being handed off from person to person. Each person sympathizes enough not to run to the police, but not enough to take him in or help him get away. It’s a great portrayal of Northern Ireland, they sympathize, but don’t support the IRA.
The use of light, shadow, and camera angles, some extraordinarily low are magnificent. The only problem with this film is the ending which is overly sentimental. Despite that, I still recommend it.