I first saw this film on BBC2 aged about 8 years old and thought it was fantastic. And it made being a barrister look such fun that I thought I might like to be one when I grew up! I had been looking for a DVD of the film for a long time and then my other half spotted this on Amazon.
This is classic English post-war comedy, genteel and subtle enough for a rainy Sunday afternoon, as one of the other reviewers has said. Ian Carmichael plays his usual stuttering, fairly awkward apologetic character, while Richard Attenborough is superb as the slightly more experienced (but nonetheless bumbling) barrister. As one would expect from a film of it's time, there is the usual caper about who will get the girl etc, which make for some nice gentle comedic moments of the kind that you just don't seem to see in modern films.
However, I would also recommend this film to anyone who is considering a career at the Bar or is interested in such matters. Yes, the film might be over 50 years old, but it is still surprisingly accurate in portraying what life at the Bar is like for those in the early stages of their careers. There may no longer be any hanging around the Bailey in the hope of a Dock Brief, but the dining, scratching around for work and waiting to be paid are just as relevant today (if not more so!) as they were in 1957. As Ian Carmichael's pupil barrister progresses, we see him at the High Court and the Assizes (the latter don't exist any more, but are similar to work in a Crown Court). These scenes make for much merriment as he attempts to bluff his way through each scenario, usually unsuccesfully, and usually incurring the wrath of the judge that he is appearing before. It's not quite that bad in real life, but if the film inspires you to go on to a career at the Bar, at least you can console yourself that your performance never quite plummets to the depths inhabited by Ian Carmichael's pupil barrister. A gem of a film.