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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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Storyline

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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Based on the FATHER BROWN Stories by G.K. Chesterton See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Detective See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

St. Augustine, referred to in this movie, is not the famous Saint Augustine of Hippo, a bishop and theologian who lived in 4-5 century A.D. in the Roman province of Numidia, Africa, and of whom many viewers may have heard. This movie refers to St. Augustine of Canterbury, no less famous in England, who is known as "Apostle of the English". He was an abbot in Rome, and was commissioned by Pope Gregory the Great in 596 A.D. to lead a perilous mission to England with his monks to baptize the Anglo-Saxon tribes where the Church had lost its ground many years before that followed the withdrawal of Roman legions from Britain. After the first failed attempt to reach the channel, St. Augustine returned to Rome, and on the second attempt he and his monks finally reached England in 597 A.D. St. Augustine established his mission in Canterbury, Kent and became the first Bishop there, and the head of the local church. 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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Underfilmed Sleuth
11 August 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Of all the names in the pantheon of great literary detectives, G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown is easily the most overlooked. The character has appeared in only a handful of films and a 13 episode television series in the early seventies. Of the films, The Detective(US title) is the best. Alec Guinness plays the affable cleric with an insatiable appetite for puzzles very nicely. Guinness shows us the heart and dedication Father Brown has to his calling spiritually over any temporal considerations. He also shows us that Father Brown is a character with depth as he takes lessons in karate and truly learns what the lives of his less than well-off parishioners are like. The heart of this film is Gunness's subtle comedic performance as a man challenging himself to catch a thief named Flambeau in the act of stealing his own church's cross that belonged to St. Augustine. Father Brown wants to save the soul of this man as well as the cross. The cat and mouse game between the two is fun fluff, and is vastly entertaining as that rather than a true mystery. Flambeau is played by a very young Peter Finch with class and style.The film boasts a fine array of British character actors with the likes of Bernard Lee(M from James Bond fame), Cecil Parker(King Roderick from The Court Jester and more), Joan Greenwood(Kind Hearts and Coronets), and my personal favourite, Ernest Thesiger from The Bride of Frankenstein. Thesiger has little screen time yet is very amusing in his role. A nice little mystery once again showcasing the comedic talent of one of our century's best actors...Sir Alec Guinness.


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