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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Did You Know?
Saint Augustine referred to in the film is not the famous Saint Augustine of Hippo, a bishop and theologian who lived in 4-5 century A.D. in Roman province of Numidia, Africa and of whom many viewers may have heard of. The film refers to Saint Augustine of Canterbury, no less famous in England who is known as "Apostle of the English". He was an abbot in Rome and was commissioned by Pope Gregory the Great in 596 A.D. to lead a perilous mission to England with his monks to baptize the Anglo-Saxon tribes where the Church had lost its ground many years before that following the withdrawal of Roman legions from Britain. After the first failed attempt to reach the channel St. Augustine returned to Rome and on the second attempt he and his monks finally reached Engliand in 597 A.D. St. Augustine established his mission in Canterbury, Kent and became the first bishop there and the head of the local church. 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
[after failing to commandeer a taxi with a couple kissing in the back
Don't the police in France come before a pair of lovers?
In Paris, on a warm afternoon? I'm afraid not.
Remake of Father Brown, Detective