WriterG. K. Chesterton, Thelma Moss, Maurice Rapf Release date8 June 1954 (1954-06-08)
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 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.
Alec Guinness as Father Brown
Joan Greenwood as Lady Warren
Peter Finch as 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
Ernest Thesiger as Vicomte de Verdigris
Jack McNaughton as Railway Guard
Hugh Dempster as Man in bowler hat
Eugene Deckers as French Cavalry Officer
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".
Variety said the film was, "distinguished mainly by the excellent casting of Alec Guinness in the title role."
The New York Times found it "a leisurely, good-humored film."
Awards and nominations
Venice Film Festival
1954: Nominated, "Golden Lion Award" - Robert Hamer