Roger Thursby is just starting out as a barrister, full of ideals but he is a bit too keen for his fellow lawyers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Rev. Arthur Thursby (as Henry Longhurst)
Edith Sharpe ...
Henry Hewitt ...
Henry Marshall
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Mrs. Bristow
Nicholas Parsons ...
Charles Poole
Shop Assistant
Eric Barker ...
Alec Blair
Gerald Fox ...
Miles Malleson ...
Bob McNaughton ...
Robing Room Attendant
John Welsh ...
Mr. Justice Fanshawe
Llewellyn Rees ...
Farrant QC
Official Referee


Newly qualified barrister Roger Thursby joins his flatmate as a trainee at a London law firm. Thrown in at the deep end by the absent-minded senior partner, his first few appearances in court border on the disastrous as he encounters a succession of cantankerous judges. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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7 June 1957 (Ireland)  »

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1.66 : 1
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By a curious coincidence, Richard Attenborough and John Schlesinger, later each to become both Oscar- and BAFTA-winners as directors (with multiple Direction BAFTAs in the case of Schlesinger, though both won additionally for producing and, in Attenborough's case, acting as well), both appear in this film as actors, long before either had directed a major motion picture (Schlesinger had only some very low-budget, independent features and television work to his name at the time, and it would be over a decade before Attenborough directed his first film, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), for which he would go on to lose the 1970 BAFTA for Best Direction to Schlesinger and Midnight Cowboy (1969)). Aside from eventually becoming two of only a handful of Britons to ever win the Best Direction Oscar, they are also the only two to have had extensive acting careers, and Brothers in Law (1957) marked the single occasion in which they appeared in the same film, though both had had previous experience in films made by the Boulting brothers. These two legends of British directing appear together in only a single scene--Schlesinger appears as a solicitor, Attenborough as the barrister he has hired--for perhaps only 30 seconds of mutual screen time in which they exchange a mere two lines of dialogue apiece. See more »


Foreword: If all the characters in this film were not fictitious - it would be alarming!
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A Gem of a Film.
25 August 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful, gentle, warm and witty little piece of old England. Public school accents, sedate lives and endless good manners all provide a wonderful antidote to the trash Hollywood is currently creating at a million times the cost! The stars are worth watching just because of who they are...Ian Carmichael, Terry~Thomas, Dickie Attenborough, Nicholas Parsons and the incomparable John LeMesurier. Select a soggy November day in England, get a cup of cocoa, don the fluffiest slippers possible and watch this with complete escapist delight.

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