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on 29 September 2002
Seeing this DVD was like seeing an old friend again. Leo McKern plays Rumpole so brilliantly that one forgets Rumpole's only a figment of John Mortimer's imagination. The plots are clever and the images unforgettable down to the smallest details : Rumpole quoting Wordsworth as he walks through the leaves on his way to chambers ; "dying" in bed (from a cold) and then when he gets word from his clerk that he's got a brief, jumping out of bed to put on his battered hat, still in his pajamas ; "Oh frabjous day, calloo, callay," he exults.
In court, his 40-year-old wig perilously perched on his head, his collar slipping off, he rolls his R's as he plays to the jury and mutters if the judges attempt to thwart him; he is never inanimate, never unimpassioned.
As rigorously as he defends the rights of his often disreputable clients, he is also unbending in defense of his principles and the truth. In the process he often dismays his wife Hilda - She Who Must Be Obeyed - and his chamber mates who would prefer him to be more malleable, that he dignify chambers by giving up criminal cases and attracting a more presentable clientele,or at the least buy a new hat.
The occasions to laugh are plentiful, but the issues are serious and still current ; there are poignant moments without oversentimentality. Rumpole has the courage to face unpleasant truths, to express what most of us would be afraid to, to lose sometimes. He has the courage to carry on and an invincible spirit.
All the cast is excellent, the characters are well rounded and the writing superb. These series can be watched over and over again with delight. What's more, there is a lovely interview with the author, Sir John Mortimer, included with the episodes.
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VINE VOICEon 2 December 2002
This series closely follows the feel and the sarcasm of the written stories. The stories are not in the same order as the book however each one stands alone. In a brief time there is posed a mystery or a problem and then some recognizable interaction with people that I am sure you can say you know someone like them. A little drama and it is finally wrapped up in short order. More than the stories that do not leave you hanging it is the comments that make the episode interesting to watch.
Volume Three covers:
Episode 4. “Rumpole’s Last Case” As usual several overlapping stories interacts as Rumpole may even over react. Mr. Rumpole has parlayed a two pound bet into 100 pounds. Strange his wife also spends that amount on a new rug. Well anyway he gets a tip from his client that is in for burglary and possible carrying a gun. Why not 100 to 30000 and hence his last Case. Going out in stile he lets everyone know what he thinks including the judge.
Episode 5. “Rumpole and the Judge’s Elbow” A judge has a bit of tennis elbow. Doctor’s advice does not seem to be working so on other advice he visits and alternative clinic (massage parlor). Some one paid with a credit card. And guess who gets to defend a massage parlor owner and rummage through credit card receipts? Yep Rumpole for some reason is offered the Deputy Circuit Judge.
A note on the side you will recognize many of the actors from both Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers movies.
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VINE VOICEon 2 December 2002
This series closely follows the feel and the sarcasm of the written stories. The stories are not in the same order as the book however each one stands alone. In a brief time there is posed a mystery or a problem and then some recognizable interaction with people that I am sure you can say you know someone like them. A little drama and it is finally wrapped up in short order. More than the stories that do not leave you hanging it is the comments that make the episode interesting to watch.
Volume two covers:
Episode 3. "Rumpole and the Sporting Life" Watch closely especially everyone's expression as the clues start from the first. A man (who everyone knows is obnoxious) is found dead. His wife is standing over him with a shot gun and says it was an accident. Rumpole has to defend her with a known hanging judge. Everyone has their own agenda including Mrs. Rumpole who wants to move to the country.
Episode 4. "Rumpole and the Blind Tasting" Once again watch expressions for unsaid clues. Rumpole delves into the world of wine tasting and collecting which assists him in a case of insurance fraud. In the process he gains an understudy (24 years old and female) which Mrs. Rumpole's friend suspects that Rumpole is studying.
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on 22 May 2016
Very enjoyable
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on 12 November 2016
As advertised
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on 17 November 2011
We are so pleased we got this and have shared our thoughts and memories with others who remember the series. They don't do these shows like these any more. Thankfully we were able to get it on DVD and enjoy the show during our long witer evenings.
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on 31 March 2006
There is little that you can add to the previous review, except to say that in Horace Rumpole John Mortimer has created a character who is as funny, forceful, poignant, uplifting - call it what you will - on screen as in the printed word. Both in books and on the screen, he is a creation of genius. What else is there to say?!
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on 1 December 2014
Every bit as good as we remember the first time we saw this series. Leo Mckern's performance is perfect, he is Rumpole from the very first episode. Great scripts too.
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on 2 January 2013
Great presant for my dad as he liked the tv program so was a great gift to give him for Christmas thankyou
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on 2 March 2002
I bought this video thinking it would be another dodgy 70's drama, but believe me, its not! It's really good. All the actors are at their finest, especially Patricia Hodge as Phyllida Trant. The storylines are good aswell. All the way through there are funny lines which make you quietly laugh to yourself. Personally, after seeing this, I can't wait to buy series two and you will do the same!
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