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 ...
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Miles Malleson ...
Bob McNaughton ...
Robing Room Attendant
John Welsh ...
Mr. Justice Fanshawe
Llewellyn Rees ...
Farrant QC
Maurice Colbourne ...
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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And NOW - it's the lid off the LAW!

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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 classic British farce
21 May 2016 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Another of the Boulting Brothers swipes at the British Establishment. This time it's the law that is the target and very funny it is, too. Once again, it's Richard Attenborough, Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas heading up a superb cast of British character players that includes Miles Malleson, John Le Mesurier, Eric Barker (winning a Best Newcomer British Academy Award), Raymond Huntley and the great Irene Handl who dominates the film's funniest scene which takes place, naturally, in court. Hugely popular at the time of its release, it isn't much revived now, more's the pity, as it is something of a classic of it's kind. Seek it out.


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