Brothers in Law (film)

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Brothers in Law
"Brothers in Law" (1957).jpg
Directed by Roy Boulting
Produced by John Boulting
Screenplay by Roy Boulting
Jeffrey Dell
Frank Harvey Jr.
Based on Brothers in Law 
by Henry Cecil
Starring Richard Attenborough
Ian Carmichael
Jill Adams
Miles Malleson
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Mutz Greenbaum
Edited by Anthony Harvey
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release dates
  • 5 March 1957 (1957-03-05)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Brothers in Law is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Roy Boulting and starring Richard Attenborough, Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas and Jill Adams.[1] The film is one of the Boulting brothers successful series of institutional satires begun with Private's Progress in 1956.[2] It is an adaptation of the novel Brothers in Law by Henry Cecil, a comedy set in the legal profession.[3]

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Critical reception[edit]

Bosley Crowther in The New York Times compared the film unfavourably to Private's Progress, commenting that it was "blessed with little spark"; [4] whereas more recently, Tony Sloman in the Radio Times wrote, "Carmichael is surrounded here by a cast of accomplished character actors, including the splendid Terry-Thomas and the redoubtable Richard Attenborough as a smarmy fellow barrister. This is still very funny and relevant today." [5]


  • Harper, Sue & Porter, Vincent. British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press, 2003.


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