The Detective

The Detective

Robert Hamer (1954)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
Although occasionally overdoing the unworldliness, Alec Guinness brings GK Chesterton's sermonising sleuth to rich and vigorous life in this hugely enjoyable comedy thriller from director Robert Hamer, who also made Guinness's classic comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Fans of the original stories might be a tad aggrieved by the slight shift of period and the marked reduction in religious undertones, but the case of St Augustine's Cross is nevertheless packed with incident and intrigue. Peter Finch is languidly villainous as the dastardly criminal Flambeau and Joan Greenwood huskily seductive as the devout Lady Warren, but it's Cecil Parker's bishop and Ernest Thesiger's doddering librarian who stay longest in the memory.


Sleuthing priest Father Brown tracks down a religious relic stolen by a master criminal. Crime comedy based on JK Chesterton's stories, starring Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood.

Cast & Crew

Actor Alec Guinness
Actor Joan Greenwood
Actor Peter Finch
Actor Bernard Lee
Director Robert Hamer

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Facet Prods LtdAvailable on: DVD
Comedy Drama