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Father Brown | 1954 | Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood

Alec Guinness is the eponymous amateur detective trying to uncover Peter Finch’s master criminal who has his heart set on a valuable cross belonging to the church. Based on one of a series of novel by G K Chesterton, this adaptation is as concerned with the religious implications of the crime as with the sleuthing aspects. Guinness is faultless in the lead and judges the comedy to perfection, while the thriller elements work adequately.

cast
Alec Guinness as Father Brown
Joan Greenwood as Lady Warren
Peter Finch as Gustave Flambeau
Cecil Parker as The Bishop
Bernard Lee as Inspector Valentine
Sid James as Bert Parkinson
Gérard Oury as Inspector Dubois
Ernest Clark as Bishop’s Secretary
Aubrey Woods as Charlie
John Salew as Station sergeant
Sam Kydd as Scotland Yard sergeant
John Horsley as Inspector Wilkins
Jack McNaughton as Railway Guard

crew
Director Of Photography: Harry Waxman
Director: Robert Hamer
Editor: Gordon Hales
Producer: Paul Finder Moss
Original Music Composer: Georges Auric
Story: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Screenplay: Maurice Rapf, Robert Hamer, Thelma Schnee

UK | 91 minutes | 1954

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