Father Brown (film)
Father Brown (The Detective in the United States) is a 1954 British mystery comedy film. Like the earlier 1934 Paramount picture Father Brown, Detective starring Walter Connolly, Paul Lukas and Gertrude Michael, the film is based loosely on "The Blue Cross", a short story by G. K. Chesterton.
|Directed by||Robert Hamer|
|Produced by||Paul Finder Moss|
|Written by||G. K. Chesterton (stories)|
|Music by||Georges Auric|
|Edited by||Gordon Hales|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Father Brown tries to transport an historically important cross to Rome, engaging in battles of wits and faith with a thief and pursuing policeman. The thief, named Flambeau (Finch), is an elusive master of disguise. As Father Brown pursues him, he tries to convince Flambeau to abandon his criminal career.
- Alec Guinness as Father Brown
- Joan Greenwood as Lady Warren
- Peter Finch as Flambeau
- Cecil Parker as The Bishop
- Bernard Lee as Inspector Valentine
- Sid James as Bert Parkinson
- Gérard Oury as Inspector Dubois
- Ernest Clark as Bishop's Secretary
- Aubrey Woods as Charlie
- John Salew as Station sergeant
- Sam Kydd as Scotland Yard sergeant
- John Horsley as Inspector Wilkins
- Ernest Thesiger as Vicomte de Verdigris
- Jack McNaughton as Railway Guard
- Hugh Dempster as Man in bowler hat
- Eugene Deckers as French Cavalry Officer
Variety said the film was, "distinguished mainly by the excellent casting of Alec Guinness in the title role". The New York Times found it "a leisurely, good-humored film." Leonard Maltin called it "another British gem, superbly cast".
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1954: Nominated, "Golden Lion Award" - Robert Hamer
- "Father Brown (1954)".
- "Father Brown". Variety. 31 December 1953. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- Crowther, Bosley (2 November 1954). "Movie Review - Father Brown - The Screen in Review; Alec Guinness Stars in 'The Detective'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "The Detective (1988) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.