At a foreign embassy in London, eight-year-old Philippe (Bobby Henrey) is alone, with his mum and ambassador dad both away for the weekend. His only companions are his beloved pet snake, his friend Baines the butler (Ralph Richardson), who he idolizes, and the fearsome Mrs. Baines (Sonia Dresdel). But when Bobby trails the butler to a tryst with an embassy secretary (Michèle Morgan), he enters a world of secrets and lies that unintentionally implicate his idol in murder. The first collaboration between writer Graham Greene and director Carol Reed (who teamed together the following year for The Third Man) is a seldom-seen film noir masterwork that weaves a powerful spell. Reed and Greene both received Oscar nominations for their work, and the film won the 1948 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director and the BAFTA for Best British Film. With Jack Hawkins and Bernard Lee. This recent digital restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage program.