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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
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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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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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Clerk: You start with a blue robing bag, sir. Then if you do good work for counsel, he'll give you a red one. If at the end of seven years you haven't been given a red bag - use a suitcase.
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A Pair of Briefs
24 October 2013 | by (london) – See all my reviews

I am semi retired solicitor who used to practise in the High Court and County Courts.I used to instruct Barristers on a regular basis.there were the brilliant barristers,a few,and then there were the rest.I often used pupils on the basis that they were much cheaper,more eager for work and,unlike Roger Thursby,less likely to put their foot in it.So much of what I saw in this film brought back memories,not always fond.A truly marvellous cast produced by the Boultings when they were at the top of the form.Still to come was the classic"I'm Alright Jack".This is the centenary of the birth of the Boultings.there has been a season of their films and an exhibition at the BFI Southbank.It would be fitting if someone could publish a book to commemorate this.


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