Father Brown

Father Brown is a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective who is featured in 53 short stories published between 1910 and 1936 written by English novelist G. K. Chesterton.[1] Father Brown solves mysteries and crimes using his intuition and keen understanding of human nature. Chesterton loosely based him on the Rt Rev. Msgr. John O'Connor (1870–1952), a parish priest in Bradford, who was involved in Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism in 1922.[1]

Father Brown
Father Brown
First appearanceThe Blue Cross
Created byG. K. Chesterton
Portrayed byWalter Connolly
Karl Swenson
Alec Guinness
Heinz Rühmann
Josef Meinrad
Kenneth More
Leslie French
Barnard Hughes
Renato Rascel
Andrew Sachs
J. T. Turner
Kevin O'Brien
Mark Williams
Information
GenderMale
OccupationPriest
NationalityBritish

Character

Chesterton describes Father Brown as a short, stumpy Roman Catholic priest, with shapeless clothes, a large umbrella, and an uncanny insight into human evil. In "The Head of Caesar" he is "formerly priest of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London". He makes his first appearance in the story "The Blue Cross" published in 1910 and continues to appear throughout fifty short stories in five volumes, with two more stories discovered and published posthumously, often assisted in his crime-solving by the reformed criminal M. Hercule Flambeau.

Father Brown also appears in a third story — making a total of fifty-three — that did not appear in the five volumes published in Chesterton's lifetime, "The Donnington Affair", which has a curious history. In the October 1914 issue of an obscure magazine, The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of the story, then invited a number of detective story writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton and Father Brown's solution followed in the November issue. The story was first reprinted in the Chesterton Review (Winter), 1981, pp. 1–35 in the book Thirteen Detectives.[2]

Unlike the better-known fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown's methods tend to be intuitive rather than deductive. He explains his method in "The Secret of Father Brown": "You see, I had murdered them all myself.... I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully. I had thought out exactly how a thing like that could be done, and in what style or state of mind a man could really do it. And when I was quite sure that I felt exactly like the murderer myself, of course I knew who he was."

Brown's abilities are also considerably shaped by his experience as a priest and confessor. In "The Blue Cross", when asked by Flambeau, who has been masquerading as a priest, how he knew of all sorts of criminal "horrors", Father Brown responds: "Has it never struck you that a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins is not likely to be wholly unaware of human evil?" He also states how he knew Flambeau was not really a priest: "You attacked reason. It's bad theology."

The stories normally contain a rational explanation of who the murderer was and how Brown worked it out. He always emphasises rationality; some stories, such as "The Miracle of Moon Crescent", "The Oracle of the Dog", "The Blast of the Book" and "The Dagger with Wings", poke fun at initially sceptical characters who become convinced of a supernatural explanation for some strange occurrence, but Father Brown easily sees the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation. In fact, he seems to represent an ideal of a devout but considerably educated and "civilised" clergyman. That can be traced to the influence of Roman Catholic thought on Chesterton. Father Brown is characteristically humble and is usually rather quiet, except to say something profound. Although he tends to handle crimes with a steady, realistic approach, he believes in the supernatural as the greatest reason of all.[3]

Interpretations

Father Brown was a vehicle for conveying Chesterton's view of the world and, of all of his characters, is perhaps closest to Chesterton's own point of view, or at least the effect of his point of view. Father Brown solves his crimes through a strict reasoning process more concerned with spiritual and philosophic truths than with scientific details, making him an almost equal counterbalance with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, whose stories Chesterton read.[a] However, the Father Brown series commenced before Chesterton's own conversion to Roman Catholicism.

In his Letters from Prison, the Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci made this partisan declaration of his preference:

Father Brown is a Catholic who pokes fun at the mechanical thought processes of the Protestants and the book is basically an apologia of the Roman Church as against the Anglican Church. Sherlock Holmes is the 'Protestant' detective who finds the end of the criminal skein by starting from the outside, relying on science, on experimental method, on induction. Father Brown is the Catholic priest who through the refined psychological experiences offered by confession and by the persistent activity of the fathers' moral casuistry, though not neglecting science and experimentation, but relying especially on deduction and introspection, totally defeats Sherlock Holmes, makes him look like a pretentious little boy, shows up his narrowness and pettiness. Moreover, Chesterton is a great artist while Conan Doyle was a mediocre writer, even though he was knighted for literary merit; thus in Chesterton there is a stylistic gap between the content, the detective story plot, and the form, and therefore a subtle irony with regard to the subject being dealt with, which renders these stories so delicious.[5]

After Chesterton

Like Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Nero Wolfe, tales featuring Chesterton's priest detective continue to be created even after the original author's death.

John Peterson has written a further forty-four mysteries solved by Father Brown.[6]

In the Italian novel Il destino di Padre Brown ("Father Brown's Destiny") by Paolo Gulisano, the priest detective is elected pope after Pius XI with the pontifical name of Innocent XIV.[7]

In other media

Film

Radio

  • A Mutual Broadcasting System radio series, The Adventures of Father Brown (1945), featured Karl Swenson as Father Brown, Bill Griffis as Flambeau and Gretchen Douglas as Nora, the rectory housekeeper.[12]
  • In 1974, to celebrate the centenary of Chesterton's birth, five Father Brown stories were broadcast on BBC Radio 4, starring Leslie French as Father Brown and Willie Rushton as Chesterton.
  • BBC Radio 4 produced a series of Father Brown Stories from 1984 to 1986, starring Andrew Sachs as Father Brown.
  • A series of 16 Chesterton stories was produced by the Colonial Radio Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Actor and voice-over artist J.T. Turner[13] played Father Brown; all scripts were written by British radio dramatist M. J. Elliott. Imagination Theater added this series to their rotation with the broadcast of "The Hammer of God" on 5 May 2013.[14]

Television

  • Josef Meinrad played Father Brown in an Austrian TV series (1966–72), which followed Chesterton's plots quite closely.
  • In 1974, Kenneth More starred in a 13-episode Father Brown TV series, each episode adapted from one of Chesterton's short stories. The series, produced by Sir Lew Grade for Associated TeleVision, was shown in the United States as part of PBS's Mystery!. They were released on DVD in the UK in 2003 by Acorn Media UK, and in the United States four years later by Acorn Media.
  • A US film made for television, Sanctuary of Fear (1979),[15] starred Barnard Hughes as an Americanized, modernised Father Brown in Manhattan, New York City. The film was intended as the pilot for a series but critical and audience reaction was unfavorable, largely due to the changes made to the character, and the mundane thriller plot.
  • An Italian television miniseries in six episodes, "I racconti di padre Brown" (The Tales of Father Brown) starring Renato Rascel in the title role and Arnoldo Foà as Flambeau was produced and broadcast by the national TV RAI between December 1970 and February 1971 to a wide audience (one episode peaked at 12 million viewers).
  • Ralph McInerny used Father Brown as the spiritual inspiration for his Father Dowling pilot script[16] which launched The Father Dowling Mysteries, a television series that ran from 1987–91 on US television. An anthology of the two detectives' stories, titled Thou Shalt Not Kill: Father Brown, Father Dowling and Other Ecclesiastical Sleuths, was released in 1992.
  • EWTN[17] produced the Father Brown story "The Honour of Israel Gow" as an episode of the television series The Theater of the Word,[18] which first aired in 2009, starring actor and Theater of the Word founder Kevin O'Brien[19] and Frank C. Turner.[20]
  • A German television series superficially based on the character of Father Brown, Pfarrer Braun, was launched in 2003. Pfarrer Guido Braun, from Bavaria, played by Ottfried Fischer, solves murder cases in the (fictitious) island of Nordersand (Northsea-island) in the first two episodes. Later other German landscapes like the Harz, the Rhine or Meißen in Saxony became sets for the show. Martin Böttcher again wrote the score and he was instructed by the producers to write a title theme hinting at the theme of the movies with Heinz Rühmann. Twenty-two episodes were made, which ran very successfully in Germany on ARD. The twenty-second episode, which was aired on 20 March 2014, concluded the series with the death of the protagonist.
  • In 2012, the BBC commissioned the ten-episode series Father Brown starring British actor Mark Williams in the title role. It aired on BBC One beginning January 2013, Monday to Friday, over a two-week period in the afternoon. The era and location are moved to the Cotswolds of the early 1950s and used adaptations and original stories. Filming for the series began around the Cotswolds in Summer 2012.[21] Further series ordered aired in 2014 (10 episodes), 2015 (15 episodes), 2016 (10 episodes), 2017 (15 episodes), 2018 (10 episodes), and 2019 (10 episodes).

Manga

Father Brown in Case Closed
Father Brown, as he appeared in volume 13 of Case Closed
  • Father Brown was highlighted in volume 13 of the Case Closed manga's edition of "Gosho Aoyama's Mystery Library", a section of the graphic novels where the author introduces a different detective (or occasionally, a villain) from mystery literature, television, or other media.

Audiobooks

  • Ignatius Press[22] published the audio book version of The Innocence of Father Brown in 2008. The book is read by actor and Theater of the Word Inc. founder Kevin O'Brien[23] and features introductions to each story written and read by Dale Ahlquist,[24] president of the American Chesterton Society. The book was a winner of the 2009 Foreword Audio Book Awards.[25]

Other references

In Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, a quote from "The Queer Feet" is an important element of the structure and theme of the book. Father Brown speaks this line after catching a criminal, hearing his confession and letting him go: "I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread." Book Three of Brideshead Revisited is called "A Twitch Upon the Thread" and the quotation acts as a metaphor for the operation of grace in the characters' lives. They are free to wander the world according to their free will until they are ready and receptive to God's grace, at which point he acts in their lives and effects a conversion. In the miniseries made by Granada Television adapting Brideshead, the character Lady Marchmain (Claire Bloom) reads this passage aloud.

Compilation books

1. The Innocence of Father Brown, 1911

  1. "The Blue Cross", The Story-Teller, September 1910; first published as "Valentin Follows a Curious Trail", The Saturday Evening Post, 23 July 1910
  2. "The Secret Garden", The Story-Teller, October 1910. (The Saturday Evening Post, Sep 3, 1910)
  3. "The Queer Feet", The Story-Teller, November 1910. (The Saturday Evening Post, Oct 1, 1910)
  4. "The Flying Stars", The Saturday Evening Post, 20 May 1911.
  5. "The Invisible Man", The Saturday Evening Post, 28 January 1911. (Cassell's Magazine, Feb 1911)
  6. "The Honour of Israel Gow" (as "The Strange Justice", The Saturday Evening Post, 25 March 1911.
  7. "The Wrong Shape", The Saturday Evening Post, 10 December 1910.
  8. "The Sins of Prince Saradine", The Saturday Evening Post, 22 April 1911.
  9. "The Hammer of God" (as "The Bolt from the Blue", The Saturday Evening Post, 5 November 1910.
  10. "The Eye of Apollo", The Saturday Evening Post, 25 February 1911.
  11. "The Sign of the Broken Sword", The Saturday Evening Post, 7 January 1911.
  12. "The Three Tools of Death", The Saturday Evening Post, 24 June 1911.

2. The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)

  1. "The Absence of Mr Glass", McClure's Magazine, November 1912.
  2. "The Paradise of Thieves", McClure's Magazine, March 1913.
  3. "The Duel of Dr Hirsch"
  4. "The Man in the Passage", McClure's Magazine, April 1913.
  5. "The Mistake of the Machine"
  6. "The Head of Caesar", The Pall Mall Magazine, June 1913.
  7. "The Purple Wig", The Pall Mall Magazine, May 1913.
  8. "The Perishing of the Pendragons", The Pall Mall Magazine, June 1914.
  9. "The God of the Gongs"
  10. "The Salad of Colonel Cray"
  11. "The Strange Crime of John Boulnois", McClure's Magazine, February 1913.
  12. "The Fairy Tale of Father Brown"

3. The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926)

  1. "The Resurrection of Father Brown"
  2. "The Arrow of Heaven" (Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, Jul 1925)
  3. "The Oracle of the Dog" (Nash's [PMM], Dec 1923)
  4. "The Miracle of Moon Crescent" (Nash's [PMM], May 1924)
  5. "The Curse of the Golden Cross" (Nash's [PMM], May 1925)
  6. "The Dagger with Wings" (Nash's [PMM], Feb 1924)
  7. "The Doom of the Darnaways" (Nash's [PMM], Jun 1925)
  8. "The Ghost of Gideon Wise" (Cassell's Magazine, Apr 1926)

4. The Secret of Father Brown (1927)

  1. "The Secret of Father Brown" (framing story)
  2. "The Mirror of the Magistrate"
  3. "The Man with Two Beards"
  4. "The Song of the Flying Fish"
  5. "The Actor and the Alibi"
  6. "The Vanishing of Vaudrey" (Harper's Magazine, Oct 1925)
  7. "The Worst Crime in the World"
  8. "The Red Moon of Meru"
  9. "The Chief Mourner of Marne" (Harper's Magazine, May 1925)
  10. "The Secret of Flambeau" (framing story)

5. The Scandal of Father Brown (1935)

  1. "The Scandal of Father Brown", The Story-Teller, Nov 1933
  2. "The Quick One", The Saturday Evening Post, Nov 25, 1933
  3. "The Blast of the Book/The Five Fugitives" (Liberty Aug 26,1933)
  4. "The Green Man" (Ladies Home Journal, November 1930)
  5. "The Pursuit of Mr Blue"
  6. "The Crime of the Communist" (Collier's Weekly, Jul 14, 1934)
  7. "The Point of a Pin" (The Saturday Evening Post, Sep 17, 1932)
  8. "The Insoluble Problem" (The Story-Teller, Mar 1935)
  9. "The Vampire of the Village" (Strand Magazine, August 1936); included in later editions of The Scandal of Father Brown

6. Uncollected Stories (1914, 1936)

  1. "The Donnington Affair" (The Premier, November 1914; written with Max Pemberton)
  2. "The Mask of Midas" (1936)
  • Most collections purporting to be The Complete Father Brown reprint the five compilations, but omit one or more of the uncollected stories. Penguin Classics' 2012 edition (ISBN 9780141193854) is the only truly complete one, including 'The Donnington Affair', 'The Vampire of the Village' and 'The Mask of Midas'.
  • The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, vols. 12 and 13, reprint all the stories including the three not included in the five collections published during Chesterton's lifetime.

Notes

  1. ^ Chesterton also made 19 illustrations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, then not published and printed for the first time in 2003.[4]

Citations

  1. ^ a b Rosemary., Herbert, (2003-01-01). Whodunit? : a who's who in crime & mystery writing. Oxford University Press. p. 24. ISBN 0195157613. OCLC 252700230.
  2. ^ Chesterton, G.K (1987). Smith, Marie, ed. Thirteen Detectives. London: Xanadu. ISBN 0-947761-23-3.
  3. ^ LeRoy, Panek (1987), An Introduction to the Detective Story, Bowling Green: Bowling Green State Univ. Popular Press, pp. 105–6.
  4. ^ G. K. Chesterton's Sherlock Holmes. Baker Street Productions. 2003..
  5. ^ Gramsci, Antonio (2011). Letters from Prison. 1. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 354. ISBN 978-0-231-07553-4. Conan Doyle believed he had been knighted for political propaganda work.
  6. ^ Peterson, John (2011). The Return of Father Brown. ACS Books. ISBN 0-9744495-1-2..
  7. ^ "Il destino di padre Brown - Paolo Gulisano - Libro - SugarCo - Narrativa | IBS". www.ibs.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  8. ^ Cox, Jim (2002), Radio Crime Fighters, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, p. 9, ISBN 0-7864-1390-5.
  9. ^ "How Father Brown Led Sir Alec Guinness to the Church". Catholic culture. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  10. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (7 August 2000). "Sir Alec Guinness obituary". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  11. ^ Hail devil man (29 December 1967). "Operazione San Pietro (1967)". IMDb.
  12. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924–1984: A Catalog of Over 1800 Shows. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9.
  13. ^ "J.T. Turner". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  14. ^ Chesterton, G. K, The Complete Father Brown Stories: Books 1–7, Classics, Starbooks.
  15. ^ A Walter 1 (23 April 1979). "Sanctuary of Fear (TV Movie 1979)". IMDb.
  16. ^ "Ralph McInerny". The Daily Telegraph. London. 18 February 2010.
  17. ^ "EWTN". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Theater of the Word, Inc. (TV Series 2009– )". IMDb.
  19. ^ "Kevin O'Brien". IMDb.
  20. ^ "Frank C. Turner". IMDb.
  21. ^ Eames, Tom (22 June 2012). "'Harry Potter' Mark Williams cast in BBC drama 'Father Brown'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  22. ^ "Ignatius Press". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  23. ^ "The word". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  24. ^ "Chesterton.org". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  25. ^ "Books of the year awards". Retrieved 21 August 2014.

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Doreen Mantle

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Er kann's nicht lassen

Er kann's nicht lassen (English: He can't stop doing it) is a 1962 German mystery film directed by Axel von Ambesser and starring Heinz Rühmann, Rudolf Forster and Grit Boettcher. It was based on the Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton, Rühmann reprising his role from the 1960 film Das schwarze Schaf.

Father Brown, Detective

Father Brown, Detective is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Walter Connolly, Paul Lukas and Gertrude Michael. It is based on the Father Brown story "The Blue Cross" by G.K. Chesterton, a story which also informed the 1954 film Father Brown with Alec Guinness and Peter Finch.

Father Brown (1974 TV series)

Father Brown is a British television series, which originally aired on ITV in 1974. It featured Kenneth More as Father Brown, a Roman Catholic Priest who solved crime mysteries. The episodes were closely based on the stories by G. K. Chesterton.

Father Brown (2013 TV series)

Father Brown is a British television Detective period drama which began airing on BBC One on 14 January 2013. It features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. The series is loosely based on short stories by G. K. Chesterton.

Father Brown (disambiguation)

Father Brown is a fictional character created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton.

Father Brown may also refer to:

Father Brown (film), 1954 British film

Father Brown (1974 TV series), 1974 British TV series that aired on ITV

Father Brown (2013 TV series), 2013 British TV series that aired on the BBC

Father Brown, Detective, 1934 American film

Father Brown (film)

Father Brown (The Detective in the United States) is a 1954 British mystery comedy film. Like the earlier 1934 Paramount picture Father Brown, Detective starring Walter Connolly, Paul Lukas and Gertrude Michael, the film is based on "The Blue Cross", a short story by G. K. Chesterton.

Flambeau (character)

M. Hercule Flambeau is a fictional character created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton, who appears in 48 short stories about the character Father Brown. A master criminal, his surname "Flambeau" is an alias, the French word for a flaming torch.

He first appeared in the story "The Blue Cross" as a jewel thief. Father Brown foiled his attempted crimes in this and several other stories. As a notorious and elusive criminal, Flambeau is a worry for law-enforcers. He is exposed by Father Brown, and later becomes a detective himself. His last appearance as a thief occurs in "The Flying Stars", in which Father Brown persuades him to return his loot and to give up the criminal life. As a reformed criminal, Flambeau assists Father Brown in a number of other short stories, beginning with "The Invisible Man".

Although Brown and Flambeau spend much of the day together in "The Blue Cross", when they meet again in "The Queer Feet", Brown recognizes Flambeau but the thief has no recollection of the priest.

Flambeau is an idiosyncratic character. Conventional detective fiction often splits humanity into the "good" and the "bad", but the priest sees things in a more graduated light, and considers the possibility of redemption. He becomes Flambeau's friend before he reforms him, and uses this friendship to transform him. In "The Secret of Flambeau", Flambeau credits Father Brown for his reformation when he says, "Have I not heard the sermons of the righteous? […] Do you think all that ever did anything but make me laugh? Only my friend told me that he knew exactly why I stole, and I have never stolen since."

Flambeau's fate is revealed in "The Secret of Father Brown". Retiring as a detective, he marries and settles in a Spanish castle, raises a large family and lives in a blissful state of domesticity. Flambeau gives up his assumed name and returns to using his birth name, Duroc.

It has been suggested that Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot was inspired by the character

Flambeau has appeared in several film, television and radio adaptations. Actors who have portrayed him include:

Paul Lukas – Father Brown, Detective (1934 film)

Bill Griffis – The Adventures of Father Brown (1945 radio series)

Peter Finch – Father Brown/The Detective (US title) (1954 film)

Siegfried Lowitz – Das schwarze Schaf (The Black Sheep) (1960 film)

Dennis Burgess – Father Brown (1974 TV series)

Olivier Pierre – Father Brown Stories (1984–1986 BBC Radio series)

John Light – Father Brown (2013 TV series) (Episodes: 1.10 "The Blue Cross", 2.5 "The Mysteries of the Rosary", 3.10 "The Judgment of Man", 4.5 "The Daughter of Autolycus", 5.15 "The Penitent Man", 6.10 "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau")

G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox". Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, his "friendly enemy", said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.

G. K. Chesterton bibliography

This is a list of books written by G. K. Chesterton.

Gideon Fell

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Dr Fell is supposedly based upon G. K. Chesterton (author of the Father Brown stories), whose physical appearance and personality were similar to those of Doctor Fell.

Kenneth More

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Raised to stardom by the veteran car based film-comedy Genevieve (1953), he appeared in many roles as a carefree, happy-go-lucky gent. His biggest hits from this period include Raising a Riot (1955), Reach for the Sky (1956), The Admirable Crichton (1957) and A Night to Remember (1958). He starred in Doctor in the House (1954), the first of the popular Doctor film series.

Although his career declined in the early 1960s, two of his own favourite films date from this time – The Comedy Man (1964) and The Greengage Summer (1961) with Susannah York, "one of the happiest films on which I have ever worked." He also enjoyed a revival in the much-acclaimed TV adaptation of The Forsyte Saga (1967) and the Father Brown series (1974).

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Nancy Carroll (British actress)

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Sorcha Cusack

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The Adventures of Father Brown

The Adventures of Father Brown is a 1945 radio crime drama that aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System, adapted from G. K. Chesterton's stories of Father Brown.

The 30-minute detective series starred Karl Swenson as Father Brown, introduced as "the best loved detective of them all." (Original plans called for "either Walter Huston or Spencer Tracy in the title role.") Bill Griffis portrayed Flambeau, and Gretchen Douglas was heard as Nora, the rectory housekeeper. The program was broadcast Sundays at 5 p.m. on Mutual from June 10, 1945, to July 29, 1945.From 1984 to 1986, Andrew Sachs starred as Father Brown in a BBC Radio series based on the G.K. Chesterton stories.

The Black Sheep (1960 film)

The Black Sheep (German: Das schwarze Schaf) is a 1960 German mystery film directed by Helmut Ashley and starring Heinz Rühmann, Karl Schönböck and Maria Sebaldt. It is based on the Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton. Father Brown manages to demonstrate the innocence of a man accused of murder by finding the real culprit. Rühmann reprised the role in Er kann's nicht lassen in 1962.

The Blue Cross (short story)

"The Blue Cross" is a short story by G. K. Chesterton. It was the first Father Brown short story and also introduces the characters Flambeau and Valentin. It is unique among the Father Brown mysteries in that it does not follow the actions of the Father himself, but rather those of Valentin. It was first published on 23 June 1910, under the title "Valentin Follows a Curious Trail", in the Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia. Re-titled as "The Blue Cross", publication in London followed, in The Story-Teller magazine of September 1910.

The Hammer of God (short story)

"The Hammer of God" is a short story by G. K. Chesterton. It features his detective, Father Brown, and was published in the short story collection The Innocence of Father Brown (1911).

It is a story about two brothers: "Colonel Bohun, a drunkard and playboy, and Reverend Bohun, curate of an Anglican church." Jennifer Halloran notes that it echoes the story of Cain and Abel: the curate murders his brother.

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