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Trial and Error (1962)

The Dock Brief (original title)
An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend a wife murderer.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Wilfred Morgenhall, Solicitor
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Herbert Fowle the Accused Murderer
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Doris Fowle, his late wife
David Lodge ...
Frank Bateson the Lodger
Frank Pettingell ...
Tuppy Morgan, Solicitor
Tristram Jellinek ...
Mr. Perkins the Prosecutor
Audrey Nicholson ...
Morgenhall's Girl (In Flashback)
Eric Woodburn ...
Judge Tommy Banter
John Waite ...
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Patrick Newell ...
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Henry Kay ...
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Photographer at Fowle Wedding
Eric Dodson ...
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An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend a wife murderer.

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This is NOT the Birdman of Alcatraz!..It's only Peter Sellers with his sly, sneaky style of humor that creeps up on you and the leaves you wanting more.

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5 August 1963 (Sweden)  »

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While Morgenhall is waiting for his "first case," a series of crossword puzzles are shown, as "time passes." Unfortunately, the puzzles are not in numerical order --- their numbers go up and down, never continually increasing, as they should as the months and years go "passing by." See more »

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Referenced in A Patch of Blue (1965) See more »

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a tender, touching drama of human condition
4 November 1999 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

an underrated flick , unfolding a powerful drama about the relation of a less fortunate attorney whose inner portrait is revealed when he is assigned to defend a man accused of murder. Witty dialogue and social satire, as well as excellent performance by Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough.


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