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Father Brown

Father Brown is a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective who featured in 53 short stories published between 1910 and 1936 written by English novelist G. K. Chesterton. Father Brown solves mysteries and crimes using his intuition and keen understanding of human nature. Chesterton loosely based him on the Rt Rev. John Monsignor O'Connor (18701952), a parish priest in Bradford, who was involved in Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism in 1922. A Mutual Broadcasting System radio series, The Adventures of Father Brown (1945) featured Karl Swenson as Father Brown, Bill Griffis as Flambeau and Gretchen Douglas as Nora, the rectory housekeeper. In 1974, to celebrate the centenary of Chesterton's birth, five Father Brown stories were broadcast on BBC Radio 4, starring Leslie French as Father Brown and Willie Rushton as Chesterton. BBC Radio 4 produced a series of Father Brown Stories from 1984 to 1986, starring Andrew Sachs as Father Brown. A series of 16 Chesterton stories was produced by the Colonial Radio Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, actor and voice-over artist J.T. Turner played Father Brown; all scripts were written by British radio dramatist M. J. Elliott. Imagination Theater added this series to their rotation with the broadcast of "The Hammer of God" on 5 May 2013. [wikipedia]


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