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Trial and Error (1962)
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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
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Tuppy Morgan, Solicitor
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Morgenhall's Girl (In Flashback)
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Mr. Perkins the Prosecutor
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Judge Banter
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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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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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A little gem
10 January 2005 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is Peter Sellers at his ridiculous best, before he became Inspector Clouseau, even before he invaded the US in the Mouse That Roared. A quiet, satirical comedy that has an aging and inept English barrister defending his first case - an open and shut murder with Richard Attenborough as the husband whose wife drove him over the edge. Since he's clearly guilty, his lawyer imagines a variety of improbable and unsuccessful defenses. Attenborough hopefully joins in Sellers' mental machinations as they act out their courtroom tactics. The ending is a treat -- and we'll leave it at that. If you are a Peter Sellers fan but are not familiar with the numerous, small movies he made before becoming a star in the US, try this one out. You won't be disappointed.


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