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Brothers In Law (Boulting Brothers Collection) [DVD]

Ian Carmichael , Richard Attenborough , Roy Boulting    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough, Terry-Thomas, Miles Malleson, Jill Adams
  • Directors: Roy Boulting
  • Producers: John Boulting
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2OY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,297 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A Boulting Brothers comedy starring a host of British stars. Roger Thursby (Ian Carmichael) is an overly keen, newly-qualified barrister who rubs his fellow barristers up the wrong way. When he is thrown in at the deep-end, with a particularly hot-tempered judge (Miles Malleson) and tricky case, Thursby learns how to prove himself not only to the judge and fellow barristers but also to the public gallery.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Brothers in Law

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable 5 Jun 2002
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"Delightful" is an old fashioned word perfectly suited to this 1957 film, based upon a novel of the same name by English Judge, Henry Cecil [nom de plume for Judge Henry Cecil Leon].
The story centres around a young barrister's foray into the world of the law.It is an insightful, amusing and witty film. It so perfectly captures many aspects:the trials and tribulations of the young barrister nervously starting out,and his early incompetence borne of lack of experience; the unfailing pride of his mother who manages to get a group of friends along to court to watch her son, of whom she is overly proud and unfailingly certain of great things; and of course the habitual offender [represented by our young advocate], who knows a whole lot more than the barrister, through years of "experience".
A thoroughly enjoyable little film, out of a much simpler era. Highly recommended!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yus M'Lud, it's a corker. 6 Aug 2009
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Having never read the book upon which this film is based I can only judge it on its own merits, and they are manyfold.
Ian Carmichael manages yet again to play the twit who triumphs, a role which never seemed to tarnish however many times he played it, the true mark of a consumate professional.
Who cannot sympathise with him when faced with irascible golf-playing judges and obtuse or mendacious witnesses.
Richard Attenborough is the perfect foil and gives a first rate performance as his slightly more experienced colleague and friend.
John Le Messurier, in his pre Dads Army days, manages to strike fear into every heart, who would want to appear before him?
The ravishing Jill Adams oozes sensuality from every pore, whilst the caddish Terry Thomas is a delight.
For me though, quite apart from the final courtroom duel, the attempt to discover intelligent life in the slightly dim Mrs Potter (Irene Handl)
reduces me to tears of laughter every time.
Messrs Boulting, many thanks, you done us proud M'Lud.School For Scoundrels [DVD] [1960]
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUDGE FOR YOURSELF 23 Oct 2007
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Classic British comedy from the Boulting Brothers starring the inimitable Ian Carmichael as a fledgling barrister stumbling through the English Court system and coming up against some very uncooperative and irascible members of the judiciary before he finally wins his first case.
Also along for the ride are Richard Attenborough as his more experienced room-mate and fellow barrister, the delightfully vague Miles Malleson as a senior barrister who is forever dashing from one court to another with hardly a minute to spare, and numerous other well-known faces.
Benjamin Frankel's jaunty music score keeps it all moving along nicely.
One problem I encountered is that the dvd I received made quite a loud humming noise in my dvd player ( SHARP ). Fortunately, it was fine in my other player ( ALBA ). Whether this is a production fault I do not know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one travels - just! 27 Jan 2010
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Brothers in Law was a very well received British comedy of the 50's and 60's. This was the heyday - perhaps - of British comedy and many brilliantly finny films were made in this period.

Humour changes, however, and many of those very funny films, of the 50's and 60's lost their way before the end of the 20th century. A few, 'Genevieve' and 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' among them, are as fresh and funny today as the day they were made.

Brothers in Law ALMOST makes it! The very fine acting of Ian Carmichael and Richard Attenborough ensure that satisfaction is obtained from this very good movie. Whether the humour will last into the 21st century will be discovered.

A 'Classic' this film isn't! It IS, however, pleasant and wholesome entertainment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but it has its moments
Ian Carmichael stars in this slightly dated and predictable comedy revolving around a barrister's early years, but it has its comic moments
Published 6 months ago by Robert G. Mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I saw it being made near my home in parliament Hill Fields when i was 12 years great emmories and also a very entertsining film of days gone by.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by clive stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
We bought this DVD because we like Terry Thomas. This must have been one of his first films as he has a very small part however, all in all, it was very good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B M Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, gentle comedy from the Boulting Brothers stable

Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything... Read more
Published 12 months ago by BlackBrigand
4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers in Law, a masterpiece of Henry Leon Cecil
Albeit the film was based on the work of Henry Cecil five decades ago, and the practice of the modern barristers are now quite different from their predecessors in those club-like... Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by Edward Marshall Hall KC
4.0 out of 5 stars TRIUMPH
This is a good comedy vehicle for a number of popular actors from the period. I had seen it once before, and the main thing I got from it was the satisfaction of seeing triumph... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by PASTIME
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned comedy film
My wife & I like this film as it takes us back to our youth when we could go to the cinema & wactch a clean comedy
film with a good story & a few laughs. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Frightfully sorry old boy.
Newly qualified and wet behind the ears barrister Roger Thursby joins his flatmate Henry Marshall as trainee at a London law firm. Read more
Published on 4 July 2011 by Spike Owen
1.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy batch of discs?
I purchased this disc a couple of months ago and have only just played it due to being ill,sadly the disc after 1 hour and 6 minutes keeps cutting out and going blank. Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Mr. I. P. Grieve
4.0 out of 5 stars How to be an advocate - or not!
Yes, it's a bit dated but well worth a view if you are an advocate. Some of the situations faced by the young barrister, Roger Thursby, are examples of the types of disaster that... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by N. Whitsun-Jones
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