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The Dock Brief (1962)

An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend an accused wife murderer.

Director:

James Hill

Writers:

John Mortimer (play), Pierre Rouve (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Morgenhall
Richard Attenborough ... Fowle
Beryl Reid ... Doris
David Lodge ... Bateson
Frank Pettingell ... Tuppy Morgan
Tristram Jellinek Tristram Jellinek ... Perkins
Audrey Nicholson Audrey Nicholson ... Morgenhall's Girl
Eric Woodburn Eric Woodburn ... Judge Banter
John Waite John Waite ... Clerk of the Court
Patrick Newell ... First Warder
Henry Kay ... Second Warder
Frank Thornton ... Photographer
Eric Dodson ... Examiner
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Storyline

An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend an accused wife murderer.

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This is NOT the Birdman of Alcatraz!..It's only Peter Sellers with his sly, sneaky style of humor that creeps up on you and the leaves you wanting more.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

5 August 1963 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Beskikket forsvarer See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead or to actual firms is strictly coincidental.

All rights in this motion picture reserved under international conventions. See more »

Goofs

While Morgenhall is waiting for his "first case," a series of crossword puzzles are shown, as "time passes." Unfortunately, the puzzles are not in numerical order --- their numbers go up and down, never continually increasing, as they should as the months and years go "passing by." See more »

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Minor and small-scale it may be but it's also often very funny.
3 December 2016 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Minor and small scale this screen version of John Mortimer's "The Dock Brief" may have been but it's frequently very funny and boasts two outstanding performances from a BAFTA nominated Richard Attenborough as the mundane, mild-mannered and mostly morose husband accused of murdering his wife, (a rumbustious Beryl Reid), and Peter Sellers as his mediocre if well-meaning barrister. It was perhaps a strange little movie for these two stars to have made at the time and it wasn't really a success but it's likable in its stagey way and there is a very nice supporting performance from David Lodge as a somewhat over-enthusiastic lodger.


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