Father Brown (1974)

The Curse of the Golden Cross 

When Professor Gerald Smaill, an American archaeologist, discovers a golden Byzantine cross in cave in Crete, a disembodied voice threatens him with death.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Father Brown
... Professor Gerald Smaill
... Rev. John Walters
... Lady Diana Wales
Geoffrey Chater ... Leonard Smythe
Gwyneth Powell ... Helen Smaill
Peter Penry-Jones ... John Godfrey
... Boon
Lawrence Trimble ... Paul Tarrant
Hector Ross ... Doctor
Ronald Mayer ... Landlord
... Museum Guide


When Professor Gerald Smaill, an American archaeologist, discovers a golden Byzantine cross in cave in Asia Minor, a disembodied voice threatens him with death. While en route on a cruise ship back to England, he receives additional threats and confides in fellow passenger Father Brown. A secret crypt under a Dover Church has been recently uncovered containing the body of a 13th Century bishop that has been mummified in the Egyptian fashion along with a similar golden cross. Smaill, Brown, and several of the ship's passengers investigate the find and risk the curse that accompanies it. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 October 1974 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Father Brown says, "Our Father Superior is constantly telling me I lack foresight." There is no such title in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church (unlike 'Mother Superior', which often designates the chief nun in a convent). The head of a religious community may be called the Superior (and Father Brown is a diocesan priest, so this doesn't apply; he would be answerable to his Bishop), and every priest may be called Father, but never the two together. See more »


Leonard Smythe: Well, it's refreshing to find a clergyman who doesn't believe in the supernatural.
Father Brown: No, no, you misunderstand me, Mr. Smythe. I can believe in the impossible but not the improbable.
Leonard Smythe: I suppose that's what you call a paradox?
Father Brown: It's what I call common sense. If you tell me Mr. Gladstone in his last hours was haunted by the ghost of Parnell, I can be agnostic about it... but if you tell me that Mr. Gladstone went presented to Queen Victoria, offered her a cigar, and slapped her on the backside, I'd ...
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