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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 ... 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:

Brothers in Law See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Cecil, who wrote the book from which the movie was scripted, sat for many years at Willesden County Court as His Honour Judge Leon. He may have been a script consultant since the legal detail is remarkably accurate. Judge Leon's weakness on the bench was a great fondness for reconciling the parties and encouraging settlement of their disputes, instead of getting on with the hearing. He tried to be a conciliator rather than a judge. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "THE FIRST THING WE DO . . .

. . .LET'S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS"

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Bygone age
19 February 2020 | by michaelrigby-15686See all my reviews

A gentle British comedy, from the days when laughter didn't need to be generated by expletives. A flawless cast with some of the most illustrious names in British film. Ian Carmichael should have received a knighthood, his services to comedy are second to none. Watch and enjoy.


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