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The Idol (1966)

 -  Drama  -  26 May 1967 (Finland)
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Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend. Timothy is dominated by his beautiful mother, Carol, who is divorcing her ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Guy Doleman ...
Martin Livesey
Natasha Pyne ...
Jack Watson ...
Police Inspector
Jeremy Bulloch ...
Gordon Gostelow ...
Priscilla Morgan ...
Edna Morris ...
Mrs. Muller
Fanny Carby ...
Renee Houston ...
1st Woman at Party
Caroline Blakiston ...
2nd Woman at Party
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Man at Party


Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend. Timothy is dominated by his beautiful mother, Carol, who is divorcing her husband. Marco finds a studio apartment, and Timothy pays the first 2 months' rent, planning to move in with his friend. Carol prevents the move, and Sarah, who has fallen in love with Marco, moves in instead. During a party at her weekend cottage, Carol becomes furious when she finds Marco and Sarah making love in Timothy's room, and she orders Marco from the house. Later, Marco seduces Carol and then scornfully leaves for the party. He arrives drunk, accompanied by a streetwalker, and tells Sarah how he took Carol to bed. Written by alfiehitchie

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Producer Joseph E. Levine originally announced Shelley Winters as the star. See more »


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Jennifer Jones
5 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Academy Award Winner Jennifer Jones replaced the great Kim Stanley in this British made film. Jennifer Jones husband David Selznick who both created Jennifer Jones as a world famed star and controlled Ms. Jones' career to just about an Obsession had just died and Jennifer Jones per reports took this film on sudden notice. Michael Parks in interviews noted that He- Mr. Parks-suggested Jennifer Jones to replace Kim Stanley, and I am glad Joe Levine listened to Michael Parks! Jennifer Jones is fine as always in this movie filmed in brisk black and white. (How those films today seem so special!).

Daniel Petrie who had previously directed another great female star Susan Hayward in the fine 'Stolen Hours' (aka Summer Flight)- also set in Britain- directs Jennifer Jones here, and displays a fine hand.

Jennifer Jones is so good in this film and looking typically stylish one wonders why Jennifer Jones did not work more given her great talent, glamor, beauty, and fame. 'The Idol' did not get the typical for the time Joseph E Levine super charged PR campaign and the film was quickly released to fair reviews. It was really the end of Jennifer's standing as a superstar. What would follow would be the dreadful 'Angel Angel Down We Go', and her cameo in the all star 'Towering Inferno'.

Jennifer Jones did try and get both "Terms of Endarment" ( Shirley MacLaine, and The Jean Harris Story ( Ellen Byrstn) but failed. Jennifer Jones would retire.

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