Amateur detective Father Ignatius Brown defies his Bishop and decides to transport to Rome a holy relic from his church - a cross that once belonged to St. Augustin - rather than allow the more elaborate plans to proceed. On the channel crossing he becomes suspicious of a fellow traveler, a Mr Dobson, whom Brown quickly determines is not the automobile salesman he claims to be. He does befriend another priest whom he takes into his confidence but soon realizes that his suspicions should have been reversed. The fake priest is in fact Gustave Flambeau a professional art thief and an expert at disguise. After he gets away with the cross, Brown refuses to work with the police, insisting that he wants to save the man's soul, not put him in prison. With the assistance of his friend Lady Warren, Father Brown sets a trap for Flambeau but Brown realizes that his work is only just beginning.
An open and shut case of Guinness! Up to his EARS in chaos...Up to his NECK in laughs
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more
In the stained-glass window behind the (catholic) bishop, there is a portrait of Henry VIII (second from left). Given that Henry was the first king to oppose the pope and separate the Church of England from the catholic church, his face would never be tolerated in this place. See more
[Flambeau, while looking at "his" El Greco, overhears two young boys seeing it for the first time
First French Boy
C'est joli, n'est-ce pas?
[It's pretty, isn't it?
Second French Boy
Oui, c'est tres beau.
[Yes, it's very beautiful
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