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The Detective (1954)





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Alec Guinness stars as Father Brown, full-time priest and part-time sleuth, in this comic mystery based on the character created by novelist G.K. Chesterton. When Father Brown is entrusted with transporting a valuable religious artifact from London to Rome, he's understandably upset when it's stolen from him. Brown has reason to believe that a notorious international thief lifted the cross he was carrying, and the good Father finds himself on a dual-purpose mission: to recover the stolen goods and to compel the thief to repent before God. The supporting cast includes Peter Finch, Joan Greenwood, and Cecil Parker as the Bishop.


Alec Guinness
as Father Brown
Joan Greenwood
as Lady Warren
Peter Finch
as Gustave Flambeau
Cecil Parker
as The Bishop
Bernard Lee
as Insp. Valentine
Sidney James
as Bert Parkinson
Jim Gerald
as French Stationmaster
Everley Gregg
as Governess
John Horsley
as Insp. Wilkins
Dino Galvani
as Italian Professor
Sam Kydd
as Scotland Yard Sgt.
Marne Maitland
as Maharajah
Gérard Oury
as Insp. Dubois
Aubrey Woods
as Charlie
Ernest Clark
as Secretary
Noel Howlett
as Auctioneer
John Salew
as Station sergeant
Hugh Dempster
as Man in bowler
Jack McNaughton
as Railway Guard
Eugene Deckers
as French Cavalry Officer
Betty Baskcomb
as French Widow
Hugo Shuster
as Optician
Guido Lorraine
as Cafe Patron
Daniel Clerice
as Garagiste
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

What's become here of Fr. Brown's self-effacing humanism?

May 8, 2002 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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