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LAST HOLIDAY
1950, Janus Films, 88 min, UK, Dir: Henry Cass

A mistake at the doctor’s office leaves George Bird (Alec Guinness) convinced he has only weeks to live. Determined to enjoy his final days, the humble salesman checks into a ritzy hotel, whose elite residents – unaware of Bird’s diagnosis - soon embrace him as one of their own. With Bernard Lee and Wilfrid Hyde-White.


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


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