Father Brown

Father Brown

Set 1

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A devout Catholic priest freelances as a private investigator in rural England during the 1920s. When it comes to amateur detective work, don't let this priest's absent-minded air and penchant for an occasionsl tipple fool you. His kindly eyes pick up clues that professionals usually miss, and his keen understanding of human nature lets him search men's souls for motives.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781569388976
1569388970
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 364 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
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swyckl
Apr 23, 2018

I like this DVD series Set 1 and Set 2 . It was produced to appear the 1920's. It is a different actor playing Father Brown (FB) than the other Father Brown series which takes place in the 1950's. The 1920 version has FB played by Kenneth More. This 1920's series sticks to the true script written by the writer closely. FB catches the clues left that the police detectives miss. FB has a keen understanding of the human condition. FB is very good at finding the motive for the actions of others. FB finds and reveals the hidden truths. FB is a kindly, cassocked effective crime-solver. In the 1920 series FB is very good friends with an ex-criminal, now a private detective, Hercule Flambeau (HF). HF is good friends with the police officer; thus, FB is invited to many mysteries to solve. About the author, Gilbert Keith Chesterton (GKC): GKC converted to Christianity as an adult. In 1922 GKC confirmed his Catholic beliefs. GKC was born May 29, 1874 in Kensington, London, England. GKC died June 14, 1936 from natural causes. GKC wrote 80 novels, some plays and poetry, 200 short stories, 4,000 essays. He was well known while he was alive. The 48 FB series was part of the 200 short stories.

Mark Williams is excellent as the priest-sleuth, and he wears his sandals well. Enough to convert one to Catholicism (despite some of its practicioners).

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SeattleBibliophile
Feb 24, 2018

These slower paced mysteries doesn't reference high tech so is easier for the elderly to follow. Stories are wholesome and without gore, though not very intellectually challenging.

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kupaa
Mar 04, 2015

Kenneth Moore was excellent but i'm afraid i found the rest of the episodes i watched of the first disc like watching paint dry. the characters were too over the top. Not as cookie cutter as American series are but close...so i was disappointed in this. Won't be watching the rest of the Dvd's on this earlier series. I do like the newest version (2013/4) much better.

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rslade
Jul 10, 2014

I really loved the Chesterton stories, and this was a horrible disappointment.

oakgilbert Jul 30, 2011

I enjoyed this first series, after the first couple of episodes the actors seemed to get more into character and Father Brown had a somewhat Columbo feel of being a bit absent minded and mumbling to himself. Much of the British Christian sectarianism is evident in the dialog which I found interesting. It was dated and had a very 70's feel to it.

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Feb 24, 2018

SeattleBibliophile thinks this title is suitable for 65 years and over

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