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Brothers in Law (1957)

Roger Thursby is just starting out as a barrister, full of ideals, but he is a bit too keen for his fellow lawyers.

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

Frank Harvey (screenplay), Jeffrey Dell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Rev. Arthur Thursby (as Henry Longhurst)
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Mrs. Thursby
Ian Carmichael ... Roger Thursby
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Treasurer
Richard Attenborough ... Henry Marshall
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ... Mrs. Bristow
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Charles Poole
Leslie Phillips ... Shop Assistant
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Alec Blair
Gerald Fox Gerald Fox ... Clerk
Miles Malleson ... Kendall Grimes Q.C.
Bob McNaughton Bob McNaughton ... Robing Room Attendant
John Welsh ... Mr. Justice Fanshawe
Llewellyn Rees Llewellyn Rees ... Farrant Q.C.
Maurice Colbourne ... Official Referee
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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The Screen's Happiest Comedy Event - the funny side of the legal profession as portrayed by England's top comedy makers. See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

4 in legge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

By a curious coincidence, Sir Richard Attenborough and John Schlesinger, became 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, acting as well), both appeared in this movie as actors, long before either had directed a major theatrical movie (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 movie, 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 Director Oscar, they are also the only two to have had extensive acting careers, and this movie marked the single occasion in which they appeared in the same movie, though both had previous experience in movies made by the Boulting brothers. See more »

Quotes

Henry Marshall: Very well, my lord. Mrs. Potter, how often did these assaults take place?
His Honour Judge Ryman: Mr. Marshall! That's not only a leading question, it is a double question and in my view a most improper one. The witness has not yet said that her husband hit her.
Henry Marshall: Well, madam, did he hit you?
His Honour Judge Ryman: Mr. Marshall, there must be some limit to this.
Henry Marshall: Your lordship tells me to ask a question and then when I do, your lordship complains.
His Honour Judge Ryman: That's a most improper observation.
Henry Marshall: Very well, my lord, I apologize.
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Closing credits epilogue: IF ALL THE CHARACTERS IN THIS FILM WERE NOT FICTITIOUS - IT WOULD BE ALARMING. See more »

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A Gem of a Film.
25 August 1999 | by Welly-2See all my reviews

This is a delightful, gentle, warm and witty little piece of old England. Public school accents, sedate lives and endless good manners all provide a wonderful antidote to the trash Hollywood is currently creating at a million times the cost! The stars are worth watching just because of who they are...Ian Carmichael, Terry~Thomas, Dickie Attenborough, Nicholas Parsons and the incomparable John LeMesurier. Select a soggy November day in England, get a cup of cocoa, don the fluffiest slippers possible and watch this with complete escapist delight.


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