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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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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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And NOW - it's the lid off the LAW!

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13 September 1957 (France)  »

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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, for 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 such to have had extensive acting careers, and this 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 before this one. These two legends of British directing appear in but a single scene together - Schlesinger appears as a solicitor, Attenborough as the barrister he has hired-for perhaps only thirty 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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Legal Eagles
18 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fun film about barristers who have just begun their careers. Ian Carmichael plays Roger Thursby, who is hired on as a "pupil" (an associate) and immediately he is in court. He fumbles along through some little mishaps in court, but finds his way eventually. Its a great cast, including Richard Attenborough and Terry-Thomas, amongst others. I can imagine any lawyer in Britain or anywhere else smiling through this, recalling their first missteps before a judge. The film moves along well, and the characters are both likable and well realized. The title threw me, I thought it was about a bickering family (I bought it because Terry-Thomas, who actually has a minor role), but it is about the law. A fun, amusing film, especially recommended for anyone remotely related to the legal profession.


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