Unhappy with his children, lord of the manor Colonel Druce summons his lawyer and changes his will, only to be stabbed to death shortly thereafter.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Davies ...
Colonel Arthur Druce
Guy Slater ...
Donald Druce
Harry Druce
Bob Sherman ...
Patrick Floyd
Mel Martin ...
Janet Druce
Gerard Paquis ...
Dr. Henri Valentine
John Atkinson ...
Aubrey Traill
Inspector Cole
Michael Stock ...
Police Constable
Ben ...


Lord of the manor Colonel Druce is unhappy with his son for his late night drinking and carousing and his daughter for her choice of a French doctor as fiancé. He summons his lawyer and changes his will, only to be stabbed to death shortly thereafter in the estate's summer house. House guest Father Brown helps to track down his late host's killer. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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3 October 1974 (UK)  »

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Silent witness?
11 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very clever Chesterton story is followed fairly closely in this adaptation, although it's mildly irritating that Father Brown's famous remark about dogs ("I always like a dog, so long as he isn't spelt backwards") is slightly altered when Kenneth More comes to say it. More's performance is, in fact, just a little uncertain, there are moments when he seems unsure of his lines, and the segment as a whole gives the impression of being somewhat under-rehearsed. The criticism of British imperialism made explicit in the story - where the Father says that "every imperial police is more like a Russian secret police than we like to think" - is dampened down, and the tone of the adaptation is not as trenchant as it might, to its benefit, have been. The dog behaves impeccably, however.

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