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G.K. Chesterton’s kindly, cassocked crime-solver

Heaven help the murderer who crosses paths with G.K. Chesterton’s beloved detective, Father Brown. Seemingly distracted and even a bit dotty, the kindly priest always manages to confound criminals with his keen observations and inescapable logic. He prefers to go unnoticed, dismissed as irrelevant -- until the moment of truth, when he unravels the most devious schemes.

Kenneth More truly inhabits Chesterton’s unlikely hero in these six classic television tales, as seen on the PBS Mystery! series. The New York Times lauded the series for "capturing Chesterton’s distinctive spirit and sense of humor" and Kenneth More for playing Father Brown with "low-keyed but clearly defined perfection." You’ll surely agree that the good father’s sly wit, benign manner, and steel-trap mind never fail to delight.

Includes G.K. Chesterton bio and cast filmographies.


Father Brown is played to low-keyed but clearly defined perfection by Kenneth More. -- The New York Times

More is delightful as the Catholic priest with a nose for crime and crime solving. -- Connecticut Post, August 2007

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Kenneth More
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 307 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6YUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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With Father Brown-Set 2 we have in a Region 1 package the final six episodes from the 13-episode series first shown in Britain in 1974. The quality of the sound and image is exactly as it is in the three disc Region 2 release. Which is to say, not high quality. Still, the main draw here is Kenneth More as Father Brown, and for More fans, more is always better than less.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Transcendental Thomist on October 20, 2013
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This is the second of two DVD box sets of the "Father Brown" British TV series from the 1970s. Like many other Acorn Media DVD releases of old television shows, the packaging consists of a box with two DVD keep cases inside, with three or four hourlong episodes on each of the two discs. Having seen the BBC's slick new "Father Brown" series with Mark Williams on PBS, I'm surprised to admit that I much prefer this older series. Unlike the Williams version, these older episodes with Kenneth More stick closely to the original GK Chesterton short stories, and even the divergences from Chesterton's original novel are done more for the sake of visualization than for the sake of creative rewriting. Where the Mark Williams series uses Chesterton's stories more as a general framework for launching wholly original plots and dialogue, this show maintains the elegant wordplay and moral-deductive reasoning of Chesterton's original stories. Kenneth More plays Father Brown closer the style of Chesterton's eccentric priest-detective than Williams, who comes across in the new series as more of a generic amateur sleuth. With his absentminded asides and brilliant facial expressions, More nails the abstracted and seemingly meaningless flights of reasoning that often carry the titular priest to brilliant solutions of murder cases. Where the new "Father Brown" reduces characters and plot elements to the most generic possible interpretations, giving us lots of people rifling through desks, this older show takes greater care over the actual mysteries, focusing more on plot than on the slick editing and visuals of the Williams version.Read more ›
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By maskirovka VINE VOICE on September 3, 2007
I started watching these to tide me over until David Suchet's Poirot returns for his final bows.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on February 20, 2014
With the popularity of Downton Abbey a great many people are re-exploring other British works set in the 1920's. One coming up a lot are the Father Brown mysteries of G.K. Chesterton about an English priest with a talent for stumbling into mysteries.

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.
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