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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.

Father Brown
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Directed byRobert Hamer
Produced byPaul Finder Moss
Written byG. K. Chesterton (stories)
Thelma Moss
Maurice Rapf
Robert Hamer
StarringAlec Guinness
Joan Greenwood
Peter Finch
Cecil Parker
Bernard Lee
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byGordon Hales
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 8 June 1954 (1954-06-08) (UK)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



It is based on G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown character and was directed by Robert Hamer. The screen adaptation by Thelma Moss is based loosely on the Father Brown story, "The Blue Cross".[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Variety said the film was, "distinguished mainly by the excellent casting of Alec Guinness in the title role".[2] The New York Times found it "a leisurely, good-humored film."[3] Leonard Maltin called it "another British gem, superbly cast".[4]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Venice Film Festival

  • 1954: Nominated, "Golden Lion Award" - Robert Hamer


  1. ^ "Father Brown (1954)".
  2. ^ "Father Brown". Variety. 31 December 1953. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (2 November 1954). "Movie Review - Father Brown - The Screen in Review; Alec Guinness Stars in 'The Detective'". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ "The Detective (1988) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.

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