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The Detective ()

Father Brown (original title)
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Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

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Father Brown
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Lady Warren
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Flambeau
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The Bishop
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Inspector Valentine
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Parkinson
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Inspector Dubois (as Gerard Oury)
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Bishop's Secretary
Aubrey Woods ...
Charlie
John Salew ...
Station Sergeant
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Scotland Yard Sergeant
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Inspector Wilkins
Jack McNaughton ...
Railway Guard
Hugh Dempster ...
Man in Bowler Hat
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French Cavalry Officer
Betty Baskcomb ...
French Widow
Diana Van Proosdy ...
Waitress
Dino Galvani ...
Italian Professor
Launce Maraschal ...
Texan Millionaire (as Lance Maraschal)
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Auctioneer
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Maharajah
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The Herald
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The Vicomte
Hugo Schuster ...
Optician
Guido Lorraine ...
Café Patron
Jim Gérald ...
French Stationmaster (as Jim Gerald)
Daniel Clérice ...
Garagiste
Everley Gregg ...
Governess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hyma Beckley ...
Auction Assistant (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ...
Church Congregation Member (uncredited)
Fanny Carby ...
French Prostitute in Police Van (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Hamer

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G.K. Chesterton ... (stories)
 
Thelma Schnee ... (adaptation)
 
Thelma Schnee ... (screenplay) and
Robert Hamer ... (screenplay)
 
Maurice Rapf ... (screenplay) (originally uncredited)

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Vivian Cox ... associate producer (as Vivian A. Cox)
Paul Finder Moss ... producer (as Paul F. Moss)

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Georges Auric

Cinematography by

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Harry Waxman ... director of photography

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Gordon Hales

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John Hawkesworth

Costume Design by

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Julia Squire

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Bob Lawrance ... makeup artist
Pauline Trent ... hair stylist

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Leigh Aman ... production manager

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Max Varnel ... assistant director

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Mickey O'Toole ... stand-by props (uncredited)
Dario Simoni ... set dresser (uncredited)

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Leonard Bulkley ... sound recordist (as L.B. Bulkley)
George Burgess ... sound recordist

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James Bawden ... camera operator (as Jimmy Bawden)
Alec Mills ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Paul Wilson ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

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Muir Mathieson ... conductor: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Phyllis Crocker ... continuity
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Plot Summary

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 traveller, a Mr. Dobson, who Brown quickly determines is not the automobile salesman he claims to be. He does befriend another priest who 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. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines An open and shut case of Guinness! Up to his EARS in chaos...Up to his NECK in laughs See more »
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Also Known As
  • Father Brown, God's Detective (Belgium, English title)
  • The Detective (United States)
  • Détective du bon Dieu (France)
  • El detective (Spain)
  • Padre Brown, detective (Argentina)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia Sir Alec Guinness was spotted in costume when walking home through the French countryside. A young boy ran up to him, yelling "Mon père! Mon père!" ("My father! My father!") Guinness did not speak French, so he could not correct the young boy's mistake, but was touched that the young boy apparently immediately bonded to him on the assumption that he was a priest. Soon after this movie was released, Guinness converted to Catholicism. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Remake of Father Brown, Detective (1934). See more »
Quotes Station sergeant: Your name?
Father Brown: Brown.
Station sergeant: You sure it isn't Smith, or Jones?
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