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A Pair of Briefs (1962)

 -  Comedy  -  2 October 1962 (USA)
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She's new in chambers, and he's a troublemaker. But what *is* the true status of the old lady's wartime marriage, and can the two young legal minds find the answer?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ...
Tony Stevens
Mary Peach ...
Frances Pilbright
Brenda de Banzie ...
Gladys Worthing
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Mr. Justice Haddon
Roland Culver ...
Sir John Pilbright
Liz Fraser ...
Gloria Hoskins
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Sidney Pudney
Jameson Clark ...
George Lockwood
Charles Heslop ...
Peebles
Bill Kerr ...
Victor - Club Owner
Nicholas Phipps ...
Sutcliffe
Joan Sims ...
Gale Tornado
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Hubert Shannon
Amanda Barrie ...
Exotic Dancer - Snake
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Exotic Dancer - Maid
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A recently-qualified barrister is annoyed when he finds his firm is taking on the boss's niece. The two youngsters soon find themselves in court on opposite sides in a case on the restitution of conjugal rights where both plaintiff and defendant seem to have things to hide. The irascible and rather fearsome judge has little time for the goings-on, least of all the way the two young lawyers seem rather too keen to squabble with each other. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A look at humor on the lighter side of the law---when a lady lawyer made a BRIEF appearance and--won HER case with LAUGHTER!

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2 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Amor lukee lakia  »

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A Tame Farce
16 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Despite its deliberately salacious title and advertising, "A Pair of Briefs" turns out to be a rather tame, verbose, clumsy, heavy-handed and overly repetitious farce. It's one of those stage pieces in which the characters take forever to make a jocular point that even the most cretinous audience fully grasped in the first few seconds. And in actual fact, aside from the credit titles themselves and a totally irrelevant (if "brief") scene in a strip club, there is little in the movie that would be judged unsuitable for an audience of novices or monks.

With the exception of Michael Craig, a rather wet and ponderously uninspiring hero, the players do what can to improve their tired and rather fulsome material. Liz Fraser comes off best. It's not that her lines are any sharper, it's just that she manages the rather difficult feat (considering the poverty of her material) of not outstaying her welcome. Mary Peach is okay as the concerned heroine, while James Robertson Justice (as an irascible judge) contributes his customary characterization. Ron Moody, who is "introduced" in this movie, strains mightily to make something of the caricature the script hands him. Likewise, Brenda De Banzie overdoes both sides of her dual portrait. The only other player worth mentioning is Charles Heslop, who does contribute a few amusing moments as a reminiscing registrar.


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