FATHER BROWN
THE DETECTIVE
1954, Sony Repertory, 91 min, UK, Dir: Robert Hamer

Alec Guinness portrays G. K. Chesterton’s mild-mannered but very shrewd detective Father Brown. Pursuing dapper jewel thief Flambeau (Peter Finch) through England and France, Brown is as eager to save the man’s soul as he is to recover the loot. Constantly amusing, with a formidable cast that also includes Joan Greenwood and Bernard Lee (M in the early Bond films) as a police inspector whose patience is sorely tested by the amateur sleuth cleric. “The near-sighted priest, who learns the secrets of unarmed combat from some of the tougher members of his flock, is admirably brought to life by Guinness. His performance, good though it is, does not overshadow a first-class thesping job by Peter Finch as the international thief who likes to collect the rare treasures he cannot afford.” -Variety


THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT
1951, Rialto Pictures, 85 min, UK, Dir: Alexander Mackendrick

When research chemist Alec Guinness creates a fabric that never wears out or gets dirty, the entire British textile industry gives chase - to suppress an invention that would eventually render it obsolete. This richly satirical look at how progress creates unlikely alliances (between labor and capital) and divisions (between science and business) is one of the Ealing Studios’ brightest comedies. With Joan Greenwood.


MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, UK, Dir: Cy Endfield

Based on Jules Verne's sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND follows a group of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War who escape using an enemy balloon, only to find themselves blown off-course to a remote island, populated by monstrous creatures and the enigmatic Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) himself! Directed by Cy Endfield (ZULU, TRY AND GET ME) in a rare fantasy outing, with a superb score by maestro Bernard Herrmann. With Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill.


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