Father Brown, Detective (1935)

Genres - Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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G.K. Chesterton's crime-solving cleric Father Brown was first brought to the screen in 1934, in the corpulent form of Walter Connolly. The good father spends most of the film trying to retrieve a valuable diamond cross from elusive thief Flambeau (Paul Lukas). Father Brown is convinced that Flambeau is eminently redeemable, but the double-crossing thief hardly proves to be a prime candidate for salvation. Amazingly, Father Brown's faith in Flambeau's essential decency proves well-founded, but it's certainly touch-and-go for a while. Long unavailable for reappraisal, 1934's Father Brown, Detective has been eclipsed by the popularity of the 1954 Alec Guinness remake.

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church, detective, gambling, invasion, investigation, jewel-robbery, opal, police, priest, reform [improve], robbery, suspect