Father Brown (1974)
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The Hammer of God 

Bullying, womanizing, and despised lord of the manor Col. James Bohun is found outside his brother's church with his skulled smashed in.


Robert Tronson


G.K. Chesterton (stories), Hugh Leonard (adaptation)


Episode complete credited cast:
Kenneth More ... Father Brown
Graham Crowden ... Colonel James Bohun
William Russell ... Reverend Wilfred Bohun
Geraldine Moffat ... Elizabeth Barnes
John Forgeham ... Simeon Barnes
Alun Armstrong ... Joe
Robert James ... Doctor Wynn
Roger Hume Roger Hume ... Inspector Palmer
Anna Steele Anna Steele ... Mrs. James Bohun
Peter Hawkins ... Gibbs
Harry Walker Harry Walker ... Mallory
Anna Wing Anna Wing ... Mrs. Deveraux
Frederick Hall Frederick Hall ... Landlord


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Lord of the manor Colonel James Bohun, a sadistic bully and chauvinistic womanizer, is despised in his small English village. Despite being married, he openly flaunts his conquests and shows only disdain for the beliefs of his brother, the local Anglican vicar. When he is found in the churchyard with his skull smashed by a single blow from a blacksmith's hammer, Father Brown, a guest of the vicar's, brings his sleuthing skills to the case. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Chesterton's original story was published in the 1911 collection, "The Innocence of Father Brown." See more »


Father Brown: Doctor, there's a very good reason why a man of my trade should keep things to himself when he's not sure of them... because its his duty to keep them to himself when he is sure about them.
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Justice done.
5 March 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Colonel James Bohun is a brash, womanising bully, openly carrying on in the Village. Brother of the local Vicar, Bohun is brutally killed outside The Church, fortunately Father Brown is in town.

I am now so used to watching The BBC series with Mark Williams, this is one story where have almost a comparison to make. I'll be honest, I like both versions equally, The BBC series has of course been freshened up for a modern series, this first episode is exactly as I pictured.

It's a fine start to the series, it is a great story, brought to life very well here, Kenneth More is excellent in the role, a particularly fine delivery, he is well supported by William Russell and Geraldine Moffat, the standout however has to be Graham Crowden.

It's been in my collection for about nine years, cellophane wrapped, of course the visuals and production values are a little dated, but the writing and acting are terrific. Will work through the series, this is a fine start. 8/10

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26 September 1974 (UK) See more »

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ATV, Granada See more »
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1.33 : 1
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