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Brothers in Law (1957)

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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Henry B. Longhurst ...
Rev. Arthur Thursby (as Henry Longhurst)
Edith Sharpe ...
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Henry Hewitt ...
Treasurer
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Henry Marshall
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Mrs. Bristow
Nicholas Parsons ...
Charles Poole
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Shop Assistant
Eric Barker ...
Alec Blair
Gerald Fox ...
Clerk
Miles Malleson ...
Bob McNaughton ...
Robing Room Attendant
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Mr. Justice Fanshawe
Llewellyn Rees ...
Farrant QC
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Official Referee
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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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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 »

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Foreword: If all the characters in this film were not fictitious - it would be alarming!
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Frightfully sorry old boy.
19 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Newly qualified and wet behind the ears barrister Roger Thursby joins his flatmate Henry Marshall as trainee at a London law firm. After a bout of confusion, Thursby finds himself defending a case and is hopelessly out of his depth. The only thing he wins is the scorn of the judge. Things are further compounded by the fact that both Roger and Henry have designs on pretty Sally Smith who lives on the top floor. But a chance encounter with 17 time offender Alfred Green is going to turn Roger's world upside down.

As British as Fish & Chips is Brothers In Law. Starring Richard Attenborough {Henry}, Ian Carmichael {Roger}, Terry-Thomas {Alfred Green} and brought to us by the supreme talents of Roy and John Boulting, it's a cheeky and harmful satire on the British wig wearing legal eagle's.

The film opens with Shakespeare's quote from Henry VI (Part 2), "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," from there we follow the sprightly Carmichael as he bumbles his way thru a series of court encounters and a bad golf day with Judge Ryman {the irrepressible and elegant John Le Mesurier}. Aided by a nice sub-plot that sees Attenborough and Carmichael chase the delectable Jill Adams as Sally Smith, Brothers In Arms is really just unfussy film making. Things further gather a pace once Terry-Thomas arrives on the scene as Alfred Green. With a full head of hair and gap in tooth prominent as usual, the film, and Roger's fortunes considerably changes. It should be noted that Thomas is however only in the film for a very short time, and he doesn't turn up until past the hour mark. So fans of his should not expect a Terry-Thomas vehicle, in fact that the film is included in the Thomas Region 2 Collection Box Set is some what perplexing.

Other notable British stars such as Eric Barker, Nicholas Parsons, Irene Handl and Leslie Phillips pop up along the way. While Benjamin Frankel's music has that lovely plink plonk comedy feel to really aid the charm on offer. Based on the novel written by Henry Cecil {himself a judge}, Brothers In Arms achieves all it sets out to do. 7/10


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