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.

Father Brown
Father Brown (1954 film)
Directed byRobert Hamer
Produced byPaul Finder Moss
Written byG. K. Chesterton (stories)
Thelma Moss
Maurice Rapf
Robert Hamer
StarringAlec Guinness
Joan Greenwood
Peter Finch
Cecil Parker
Bernard Lee
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byGordon Hales
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 8 June 1954 (UK)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Father Brown tries to transport an historically important cross to Rome engaging in battles of wits and faith with a thief and pursuing policeman. The thief, named Flambeau (Finch), is a master of disguise and is elusive, as Father Brown pursues him and tries to convince him to abandon his criminal career.



It is based on the G. K. Chesterton Father Brown stories and was directed by Robert Hamer. The screen adaptation was written by Thelma Moss, and is based on several of the Father Brown stories, notably "The Blue Cross".[1]

Critical reception

  • Variety said the film was, "distinguished mainly by the excellent casting of Alec Guinness in the title role."[2]
  • The New York Times found it "a leisurely, good-humored film."[3]
  • Leonard Maltin called it "another British gem, superbly cast."[4]

Awards and nominations

Venice Film Festival

  • 1954: Nominated, "Golden Lion Award" - Robert Hamer


  1. ^ "Father Brown (1954)".
  2. ^ "Father Brown". Variety. 1953-12-31. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1954-11-02). "Movie Review - Father Brown - The Screen in Review; Alec Guinness Stars in 'The Detective'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  4. ^ "The Detective (1988) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.

External links

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

Heinz Rühmann

Heinrich Wilhelm "Heinz" Rühmann (7 March 1902 – 3 October 1994) was a German film actor who appeared in over 100 films between 1926 and 1993. He is one of the most famous and popular German actors of the 20th century, and is considered a German film legend. Rühmann is best known for his comedic "Average Guys" in film comedies such as Three from the Filling Station and The Punch Bowl. During his later years, he was also a respected character actor in films such as The Captain from Köpenick and It Happened in Broad Daylight. His only English-speaking movie was Ship of Fools in 1964.

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