Father Brown (1974– )
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The Three Tools of Death 

A wealthy Scottish advocate of temperance and atheism is found with a broken neck apparently having fell from an upstairs window on his estate.



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Episode complete credited cast:
James Hayter ...
Sir Aaron Armstrong
John Flanagan ...
Patrick Royce
Anthony Dutton ...
Chief Inspector Gilder
Anne Godley ...
Lady Armstrong
Nina Thomas ...
Alice Armstrong
David Morton ...
Det. Sgt. Merton
Keith James ...
Neville Hughes ...
Cyril Cross ...
Duty Sergeant


Scottish noble Sir Aaron Armstrong is a reformed alcoholic who advocates temperance and hires dipsomaniac Patrick Royce as his secretary on condition he give up drink. When Armstrong finds out that Royce and his daughter are planning to get married, he ignores Royce's fifteen months of sobriety and discharges him. Soon after, Armstrong is found with a broken neck outside a high window on his estate, the apparent victim of foul play. Father Brown assists Inspector Gilder in uncovering the facts of the case. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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24 October 1974 (UK)  »

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Chief Inspector Gilder: [about Armstrong] Happiest man you could meet in a day's march. always a smile and a cheerful word. Why, it would be just like killing Santa Claus. Who would do such a thing?
Father Brown: Perhaps someone who stopped believing in Santa Claus.
Chief Inspector Gilder: Ah?
Father Brown: Oh, forgive me, Inspector. I'm just reflecting if ever I murdered anyone it might well be an optimist.
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Where did they find these actors?
9 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm working my way through this series, and I've been enjoying them so far. Unfortunately, this episode is a stinker. The policeman recites his lines like a cartoon character - literally - and the accent on the secretary is laughable. I don't know what they were thinking, and I'll go on trying the later episodes, but I can't finish this one - the acting is just too bad to enjoy. May I suggest the BBC radio version of the Father Brown stories with Andrew Sachs as Father Brown? Sachs plays the role very differently than More. Sachs' Father Brown seems to fall into crime solving without wanting to be there - he has is thrust on him. BBC radio 4 repeats the series occasionally, and I'm downloading them now.

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