Father Brown (film)

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Father Brown
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Directed by Robert Hamer
Produced by Paul Finder Moss
Written by G. K. Chesterton (stories)
Thelma Moss
Maurice Rapf
Robert Hamer
Starring Alec Guinness
Joan Greenwood
Peter Finch
Cecil Parker
Bernard Lee
Music by Georges Auric
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Gordon Hales
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
8 June 1954 (1954-06-08)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Father Brown (The Detective in the United States) is a 1954 British mystery comedy film. Technically,[opinion] the film is a remake of the 1934 Paramount picture Father Brown, Detective, starring Walter Connolly, Paul Lukas and Gertrude Michael, which was likewise based on "The Blue Cross", a short story by G. K. Chesterton, but confined the action to London.[citation needed]


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".[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

  • Variety said the film was, "distinguished mainly by the excellent casting of Alec Guinness in the title role."[1]
  • The New York Times found it "a leisurely, good-humored film."[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Venice Film Festival

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


  1. ^ "Father Brown". Variety. 1953-12-31. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  2. ^ 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. 

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