The Fallen Idol, 1948
visit the film locations
Belgravia: (tube: Hyde Park Corner; Piccadilly Line) The upmarket district is named after Belgrave Square, an unwelcoming area of barely-distinguishable cream-painted streets and squares of Intimidatingly grand houses, most of which bristle with security devices and video surveillance cameras, and sport pompous embassy plaques
London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 (tel: 020.7722.3333) (tube: Camden Town; Northern Line)
Other films made around Belgravia include The Million Pound Note, with Gregory Peck, 70s trashfest The Stud, with Joan Collins, and the 1956 film of Around the World in Eighty Days (where Belgrave Square was home to Phileas Fogg).
The Fallen Idol location: the ‘embassy’: northeast corner of Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London SW1
The ‘Embassy’, in which butler Baines (Ralph Richardson) comes close to being falsely arrested for murder is the headquarters of the St John’s Ambulance organisation at the northeast corner of Belgrave Square, on Wilton and Grosvenor Crescents (tube: Hyde Park Corner; Piccadilly Line).
The maze of narrow mews streets where Baines clandestinely meets with Julie (Michele Morgan), and where young Phillipe (Bobby Henrey) gets lost, have moved seriously upmarket from the pub’n’cafe atmosphere of the movie. They are Belgrave Mews and Kinnerton Street, just to the north of Belgrave Square.
The day out was filmed at London Zoo, at the old refreshment stand in front of the Mappin Terraces.