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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
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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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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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peter sellers is great.
17 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

i think this movie is great. it's really funny. the whole movie is pretty unique. like how it tells the story. and the story itself is pretty interesting and very funny. but the most enjoyable part of the movie is the conversations between the lawyer and the murderer. they are so funny cause the actors are so good. peter sellers is great in this movie. the british humor stands the test of time.


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