B&W, 107 min.
Released: August 1, 1966 (Embassy)
Cast: Jennifer Jones (as Carol), Michael Parks, John Leyton, Jennifer Hilary, Guy Doleman, Natasha Pyne.
Director: Daniel Petrie
Producer: Leonard Lightstone
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A typical sixties generation gap drama in which a woman is seduced by one of her son's friends.
Jennifer was offered the role as a last minute replacement for Kim Stanley. She had only three days to make a decision on whether or not to take the role and unfortunately, she did. Selznick had just died and she needed a project to keep her busy which may have been a factor in her accepting the part.
The Idol turned out to be a low-budget seedy drama which is simply boring, to put it nicely. Jennifer's performance is good, but the film is not up to her caliber of earlier films and it is unworthy of her talents. She did enjoy being back at work and the prospect of working in a film without Selznick's intervention must certainly have given her a renewed sense of independence. She became very good friends with Michael Parks but The Idol failed to bring either of them a film to be proud of.
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