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The Detective (1954)

Father Brown (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 November 1954 (USA)
Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

G.K. Chesterton (stories), Thelma Schnee (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Father Brown
Joan Greenwood ... Lady Warren
Peter Finch ... Flambeau
Cecil Parker ... The Bishop
Bernard Lee ... Inspector Valentine
Sidney James ... Parkinson
Gérard Oury ... Inspector Dubois (as Gerard Oury)
Ernest Clark ... Bishop's Secretary
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Charlie
John Salew John Salew ... Station Sergeant
Sam Kydd ... Scotland Yard Sergeant
John Horsley ... Inspector Wilkins
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton ... Railway Guard
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Man in Bowler Hat
Eugene Deckers ... French Cavalry Officer
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Amateur detective Father Ignatius Brown defies his Bishop and decides to transport to Rome a holy relic from his church, a cross that once belonged to St. Augustin, rather than allow the more elaborate plans to proceed. On the channel crossing, he becomes suspicious of a fellow traveller, a Mr. Dobson, who Brown quickly determines is not the automobile salesman he claims to be. He does befriend another priest who he takes into his confidence, but soon realizes that his suspicions should have been reversed. The fake priest is in fact Gustave Flambeau, a professional art thief and an expert at disguise. After he gets away with the cross, Brown refuses to work with the police, insisting that he wants to save the man's soul, not put him in prison. With the assistance of his friend Lady Warren, Father Brown sets a trap for Flambeau, but Brown realizes that his work is only just beginning. Written by garykmcd

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An open and shut case of Guinness! Up to his EARS in chaos...Up to his NECK in laughs See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Trivia

The parable about the woman and the onion Fr. Brown relates to Flambeau is from "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dosteovsky (1821-1881). See more »

Goofs

In the stained-glass window behind the (catholic) bishop, there is a portrait of Henry VIII (second from left). Given that Henry was the first king to oppose the pope and separate the Church of England from the catholic church, his face would never be tolerated in this place. See more »

Quotes

Father Brown: It's all so nonsensical, it must make sense.
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Connections

Remake of Father Brown, Detective (1934) See more »

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A delight
25 September 2006 | by Tony-647See all my reviews

I'm old enough to have seen this film on its release in the cinemas, and, whilst it's not easy to think of a film these days being a success unless millions have been spent on it, this film hung on two superlative performances from Alec Guinness and Peter Finch and the screenplay was worth two of anything you'd hear today. So why, I ask, has it not been released on DVD for a new generation to enjoy? Is it thought too dated? Not exciting enough? Too cerebral? Not a bit of it. It's a thoroughly enjoyable film with moments of high tension and a supporting cast rich in character (including Bernard Lee who was the first M in the Bond films)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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