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FATHER BROWN, SET 2
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More is delightful as the Catholic priest with a nose for crime and crime solving. -- Connecticut Post, August 2007
- 6 episodes: "The Actor and the Alibi"; "The Quick One"; "The Man With Two Beards"; "The Head of Caesar"; "The Arrow of Heaven"; and "The Secret Garden"
- G. K. Chesterton bio and cast filmographies
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Not much escapes Father Brown, a quiet Catholic priest in Twenties England. He saves souls and he catches murderers. In the stories by G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown uses his theology and quite a bit of metaphysics to come to conclusions about behavior, crime and people; Chesterton uses the device of Father Brown to be the reason for these discussions as crime is being solved. It's not a bad formula and many people are passionate fans of the humble English priest.
What we have is a series of mysteries that move a little too fast for their own good; a lot gets packed into each 50 minute episode. As in Set 1, while most of the mysteries are interesting there are a few clunkers...mysteries where the plot is simply unlikely or where only Father Brown could have possibly determined the villain. For those who enjoy philosophical disquisition on the ways of men and women, there's some of that, too. One drawback to the series is that there is no continuity except Kenneth More. Our priest simply pops up wherever a crime is being committed. Occasionally we'll encounter an actor we know and like, such as Graham Crowden, Mel Martin, Oliver Ford Davis and Ronald Pickup in Set 1 and Bernard Lee, Rachel Gurney, Megs Jenkins, Frederick Treves and Charles Dance in Set 2. For the most part, the actors are competent and anonymous.Read more ›
I pretty much agree with another reviewer here that the stories move a little too fast sometimes, and you find yourself wondering how Father Brown figured things out. A couple of the stories are not very good, but there is one very clever one set in a London theater house that I enjoyed.
I also think that anyone who complains about production values ought to remember that these were shot in the early 1970s and remember that any television show from that era will look much less polished and "real" than the stuff we get nowadays.
Bottom line: I probably will buy the next volume of Father Brown stories if there are any more. But I think I will try to get the next set used.
He wrote around 50 short stories about this priest who trusted more to his knowledge of human nature than `little grey cells' and could be best summed up by an exchange with one person who asked him "What could you know about human nature?" "Madame I spend my day listening to people confess some of the most terrible things imaginable"
In this series done in the 1970's we have the role played by Kenneth More, a wonderful actor usually playing the stolid English middle class he here was playing a somewhat mincing, dithering priest to very good effect and still somehow manages to come off as dreadfully confident, "Oh I don't mind being around atheists, I don't have to talk shop."
This has 6 adventures each based on a different story. The mysteries are good though there are times you need a little more time to work it out. You've got a thread to follow but they rush to the end. There is also a common thread to the solutions that once you realize it, they become very simple-no I'm not telling.
The downside on this is the cinematography. Typical for the British productions of the period it is a horrible mix. Outdoors is done on film and indoors/studio shots are on video tape. Either works but the jumping back and forth is beyond distracting. In one episode where it takes place in a `fortress' built by a paranoid millionaire, much of it was on video tape to cover the fact they couldn't make a full sized fortress. I was forcibly reminded of episodes of Dr. Who from the same mid 70's period.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The picture quality is not great, but the acting is good and the stories stay true to the original books.Published 21 months ago by L. M. Boyd
I love this series. The detective priest, his housekeeper - every character in each episode is a a treat to watch
The stories are interesting and there are some nasty people... Read more
Great DVD set. If I said anymore I'd give away "who done it" Father Brown always gets his man (or woman)Published 23 months ago by Mollie
The story lines are slow to evolve and very uninteresting. If not for the beauty of the locations they would be a total cure for insomnia!Published 23 months ago by LeeTrue
I bought Sets 1 and 2 as a gift and did not have the opportunity to see this one, but would like to order both sets for myself based on Father Brown Set 1's first episode.Published 24 months ago by Clean Jean
Don't know it I was thinking it was going to be like Father Dowling series.
But this was a great disappointment, from storylines to acting. Read more