Father Brown (film)

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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 (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 on "The Blue Cross", a short story by G. K. Chesterton.


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 a master of disguise and is elusive, as Father Brown pursues him and tries to convince him to abandon his criminal career.



It is based on the G. K. Chesterton Father Brown stories and was directed by Robert Hamer. The screen adaptation was written by Thelma Moss, and is based on several of the Father Brown stories, notably "The Blue Cross".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

  • 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 nominations[edit]

Venice Film Festival

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


  1. ^ "Father Brown (1954)".
  2. ^ "Father Brown". Variety. 1953-12-31. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1954-11-02). "Movie Review - Father Brown - The Screen in Review; Alec Guinness Stars in 'The Detective'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  4. ^ "The Detective (1988) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.

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