Father Brown

Season 1 Episode 9

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 1974 on ITV
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Father Brown is staying at a country hotel and finds an eccentric stabbed through the heart in the hotel bar. Suspicion falls on a goup of travelling salesmen.

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  • Father Brown investigates the murder of M.

    8.5
    It's great fun to watch these old shows because you can play "Who is that guy again?" This episode gives us a rare chance to see Bernard Lee, famous as M in the James Bond series, in a different role. Mind you, he's still a curmudgeon, offending so many people that he winds up dead halfway through the show. Then, in the Father Brown tradition, you get several false clues until Father Brown comes up with the solution. (In this case he does curse himself for getting it nearly wrong. It reminded me a bit of a typical "House MD" episode.) Kenneth More has some brilliant monologues as Father Brown and remains calm amidst the storm. His theory of the murder is based on one single glass of whiskey left on the bar. Perhaps the leaps he makes from that, are a bit too Sherlock Holmesy (which brings us back to House MD). The only other problem I have, is that the episode makes the mistake that so many detective shows make: the murderer turns out to be the only actor whose face you have ever seen somewhere before.moreless
Bernard Lee

Bernard Lee

John Raggley

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Robert Walker (VIII)

Robert Walker (VIII)

Police Constable

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Alexander John

Alexander John

Police Constable

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Dennis Burgess

Dennis Burgess

Flambeau

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    • Raggley: Who are you? One of those total abstainers?
      Father Brown: No, I am a Roman Catholic.

    • Father Brown: Murder is always easy, Flambeau. There possibly can't be anything easier than murder. The difficulty is committing a murder without committing oneself as the murderer. It's this shyness about owning up to a murder, this silly modesty the murderer has about creating their own masterpieces that makes the trouble. They will stick to the rather old-fashioned idea of killing somebody without being found out.

    • Father Brown: All murders matter, Flambeau, as all men matter. It's one of the hardest things in theology to believe, that all men matter to God. God only knows why.

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