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Post the death of David O. Selznick The Idol marked the return of Jennifer Jones to the big screen. She's an American living in London with a grown son played by British pop star John Leyton, a divorce in the offing, and a divorce attorney in Guy Doleman with whom she's keeping company.
Into their lives comes American student Michael Parks who Leyton has grown to Idol(ize). Leyton is tied quite securely to Jones's apron strings. It isn't too long before Leyton's girlfriend Jennifer Hilary winds up with Parks. And not much longer before Parks puts the moves on Jennifer Jones.
Before The Graduate there was The Idol. But Mike Nichols film is light years better. Michael Parks always had a certain raw animal magnetism, but never properly developed it. In The Idol all Parks is doing is a pale imitation of James Dean and he reminds us how much better Dean was at doing Dean.
As for Jones she looks truly lost here. Her's is one of the saddest of Hollywood stories. David O. Selznick guided her in every step of her career and apparently Jones couldn't channel Selznick as to what to do.