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.
Based on the FATHER BROWN Stories by G.K. Chesterton
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Did You Know?
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
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
It's all so nonsensical, it must make sense.
Remake of Father Brown, Detective