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Trial and Error (1962)

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

Director:

James Hill

Writers:

John Mortimer (play), Pierre Rouve (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Morgenhall
Richard Attenborough ... Fowle
Beryl Reid ... Doris
David Lodge ... Bateson
Frank Pettingell ... Tuppy Morgan
Tristram Jellinek Tristram Jellinek ... Perkins
Audrey Nicholson Audrey Nicholson ... Morgenhall's Girl
Eric Woodburn Eric Woodburn ... Judge Banter
John Waite John Waite ... Clerk of the Court
Patrick Newell ... First Warder
Henry Kay ... Second Warder
Frank Thornton ... Photographer
Eric Dodson ... Examiner
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Storyline

An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend an accused 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Although this film has been shown on British television many times in the 21st century, it has always been screened under its American title of "Trial And Error", not as "The Dock Brief", its original and proper title. Furthermore, it has been released on DVD in the UK under its American title as well. See more »

Goofs

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 tender, touching drama of human condition
4 November 1999 | by hooshiSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

5 August 1963 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Trial and Error See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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