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Rumpole of the Bailey: Lost Episode [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Leo McKern , Joyce Heron , John Gorrie    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Leo McKern, Joyce Heron, Noel Willman, David Yelland, Herbert Norville
  • Directors: John Gorrie
  • Writers: John Mortimer
  • Producers: Irene Shubik
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0000V4712
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,511 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rumpole episode you never saw before! 27 Jun 2006
Rumpole of the Bailey, that poetry-quoting British barrister, bane to prosecutors and Old Bailey judges, and well known creation of author John Mortimer, got his start in 1978 with the creation of the Rumpole series, right? Wrong! In point of fact, Rumpole first saw the light in 1975, when John Mortimer wrote a screenplay for the series Play For Today. And now, after all of these years, you can see the very first ever Rumpole of the Bailey!

This wonderful show has all of the quality that you expect from the later Rumpoles, but with a few surprises. Leo McKern appears as Horace Rumpole and David Yelland appears as his son Nick Rumpole, but those are the only faces you'll recognize. Joyce Heron appears as Hilda Rumpole, and all of the judges and lawyers are strangers. Also, most strange is Rumpole's attempt to get a client to plea bargain.

But, that aside, this is a very good Rumpole story, with an interesting plot and wonderful twist in the way that Rumpole gets his client off. So, if you are a fan of Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, then I can definitely say that you will like this DVD. I really enjoyed seeing a Rumpole episode that I have never seen before! I love this DVD and give it my absolutely highest recommendations!
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Introduction to Rumpole 16 Mar 2004
By Todd Ronnei - Published on
I had rather low expectations for this first-ever appearance of Horace Rumpole, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how well developed the Rumpole character was right from the get-go. Many of the hallmarks of the long running series are here: She Who Must Be Obeyed, the Penge Bungalow Murders, frequent recitations of Wordsworth, corrupt detective inspectors, and small cigars. Even son Nick makes an appearance (although he's in a bit of a foul mood). The only thing I found jarring was Rumpole's initial attempt to get his client to plead guilty, something the later Rumpole would never do. Still, Leo McKern nails the part right out of the chute, which makes this episode a fine introduction to John Mortimer's beloved barrister.
The "special features" on the DVD are mostly worthless, but the real reason you're buying this is to see an episode of Rumpole you've probably never seen before. That alone is worth the price.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Episode of Rumpole 30 Dec 2004
By Ron in Western Maryland - Published on
I saw this DVD in December of 2004. It was a recorded episode presented as a play on British TV and turned out to be a pilot for the series since its success resulted in the series being created. It was a little more dramatic than the series episodes, and had a different actress portraying the wife (She who must be Obeyed). There was more character development of Rumpole and featured more tension between Rumpole and his son. I found it better, though less comedic than the series, but nevertheless very enjoyable.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and interesting. 26 Sep 2005
By Alexander M. Oleksij - Published on
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As a longtime Rumpole it was fun to see the "first" episode, especially noting the slight differences in character and background and attitude. (Especially Rumpole's willingness to let a client plead "Guilty," something which is absolutely against his credo in the later, regular series.) Yet, it was amazing to see how fully formed and complete the Rumpole character already was, considering that this was a one-shot, never intended to be a long-running series.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British humor is an acquired taste, but well worth the effort 23 Mar 2006
By Charles Bennett III - Published on
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The Rumpole series is a great example of British humor. While it takes a little time and some effort to enjoy Rumpole, the effort will bear fruit after only the first few episodes. Having all of the series in one package allowes the viewer to watch the actors grow into their roles. Then, as John Mortimer points out, the roles begin to be tailored to the outstanding skills of the actors and the viewers experience becomes even more enjoyable. The main benefit is having all the shows available and not having to wait a week between showns and months between seasons. Well worth the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Introduction to Horace Rumpole 6 Oct 2011
By David Bower - Published on
This one will be of interest to all fans of the Rumpole of the Bailey series as it was the pilot which initially introduced Leo McKern's interpretation of the character to the world. Although initially John Mortimer was not enthusiastic about McKern in the role, after watching him in rehearsal he became enthusiastic about the choice of Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole.

The stand-alone pilot which was presented on December 17, 1975, was such a big success that plans were later made to create a series based on these stories by John Mortimer. The first of the series aired on April 3, 1978 when a series of six episodes was broadcast with great success.

It is interesting to see how well developed the character is in this initial episode, many of the character traits we were to later associate with Rumpole are present in this pilot. One difference I noted was a more serious introspective Rumpole; the later series was lighter hearted and displayed a Rumpole that could find the humorous side of a situation with considerable ease. This was probably a wise decision in the characterization of Rumpole.

The story is well done and displays all of the ingenuity that was to become so typical of Rumpole's defense of his clients in the later series; a happy addition to the collection of any fan of Rumpole of the Bailey.
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