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Er kanns nicht lassen (1962)

Father Brown brings back a stolen painting. Later he examines the mysterious death of a castle owner.


Axel von Ambesser


G.K. Chesterton (stories) (as Gilbert K. Chesterton), Egon Eis | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Pater Brown
Peter Parten Peter Parten ... Bruce Payne
Grit Boettcher ... Berenice
Ruth-Maria Kubitschek ... Mrs. Holland
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Inspektor O'Connally
Lina Carstens ... Mrs. Smith
Horst Tappert ... Simpson
Peter Ehrlich Peter Ehrlich ... O'Leary
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Lord Gilbert Darroway
Emmerich Schrenk Emmerich Schrenk ... Joshua
Otto Schmöle Otto Schmöle ... Lord Bannister
E.O. Fuhrmann E.O. Fuhrmann ... Malone
Uli Steigberg Uli Steigberg ... Oliver Lynn
Hans-Dieter Jendreyko Hans-Dieter Jendreyko ... Sam
Paul Glawion Paul Glawion ... Kellner


Although sent by his bishop to a little island far away from the coast, Father Brown is again involved in crime, when the painting of a famous artist, which he found in a hidden cellar of his church, was stolen. Written by Michael Zink

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West Germany



Release Date:

19 October 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Han kan ikke la' være See more »

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Bavaria-Filmkunst See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film playing in the background during the scooter chase was also used in Das schwarze Schaf (1960) when Father Brown is driving the police car. See more »


Mrs. Holland reappearing with a different name as the last heiress would reveal her being involved in murdering the other three heirs (including Berenice) and Lynn. See more »


Follows Das schwarze Schaf (1960) See more »

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7 November 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

This second film with Heinz Rühmann as G.K. Chesterton's creation Father Brown at least tries to tell a comprehensive detective story, but the writers forgot to make it into a logical plot, let alone into an interesting and amusing one. Maybe they had a good idea, but that never surfaces. The film just moves from A to B. A good director could have made it into a passable film, director Von Ambesser seemed to have been glad he was able to shoot more or less adequately each scene. It is as with the first Rühmann as Father Brown film (Das schwarze Schaf 1960): it may look all very English, but it desperately lacks the charm of Chesterton's stories.(5/10)

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