Father Brown

Season 1 Episode 2

The Oracle of the Dog

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 1974 on ITV
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The Oracle of the Dog
Father Brown is staying as the guest of a retired colonel when his host is found dead, stabbed with a narrow blade, but no murder weapon. The police inspector gathers all the suspects together, but Father Brown has the answer.

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  • A classic murder mystery, including the typical weaknesses.

    A classic murder mystery set in a large mansion. You can enjoy this as an Agatha Christie romp, but unfortunately that means it has some of the typical flaws of the genre. Do not read on if you don't want to know how the story ends.

    Who killed the colonel and how? The answers to these questions are somewhat telegraphed by sloppy storytelling. If you have several characters that could be suspects, don't leave out one: it makes him the most likely murderer, as happens here. Secondly, the writer/director should not stress elements that seem to have nothing to do with the plot; it gives away too much. For no apparent reason Harry Druce makes a big deal about choosing a walking stick. That tells you it will be instrumental in the eventual crime.

    If you can get past these things, the episode is still very enjoyable.moreless
Rupert Davies

Rupert Davies

Colonel Arthur Druce

Guest Star

Guy Slater

Guy Slater

Donald Druce

Guest Star

Richard Heffer

Richard Heffer

Harry Druce

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Floyd: Perhaps you like dogs?
      Father Brown: Well, I do, as long as they're not spelled backwards.
      Floyd: Pardon me?
      Father Brown: Some people treat a d-o-g as if it were a g-o-d.

    • De Villon: I have always understood that a man could call himself by any name he chose. At least, that's the law in my country and in yours. It may be different for Americans. They, of course, don't have any names to change.

    • Father Brown: I'm inclined to believe that the rather curious disappearance of the murder weapon has obscured the motive. Very few people commit murder for pure pleasure.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Donald: Did you know Susie, Father?
      Father Brown: Oh, no, I'm afraid I didn't.
      This peculiar piece of dialogue follows Donald tinkering on the piano. He was playing "If You Knew Susie", the 1926 song from the Broadway musical, Big Boy.