The Dock Brief (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Dock Brief (1962)





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Fowle (Richard Attenborough) is a mild mannered seller of birdseed who is being driven crazy by his wife's offbeat sense of humor. When she fails to run off with their tenant, he murders her to have peace and quiet. He is arrested and readily admits to the killing. Morgenhall (Peter Sellers) is the attorney of dubious ability who is selected to defend the self confessed murderer. In Fowle's jail cell, client and attorney rehearse, examine and prepare for trial. The accused continually punches holes in the defense techniques proposed by the vapid attorney. The murderer plays devil's advocate to his defender and acts out the parts of judge, jury and character witnesses. The two go into the courtroom where Morgenhall's defense falls apart like a house of cards. Although convicted, Fowle catches a break when the judge determines his lawyer is extremely incompetent


Peter Sellers
as Morgenhall
David Lodge
as Bateson
Frank Pettingell
as Tuppy Morgan
Eric Woodburn
as Judge Banter
John Waite
as Clerk of the Court
Richard Attenborough
as Foreman of the Jury, Fowle, Judge, Member of the Public
Patrick Newell
as 1st Warder
Frank Thornton
as Photographer
Ian Curry
as Doctor
David Drummond
as Policeman
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All Critics (3)

Apesar do foco excessivo nos diálogos ainda denunciar suas origens teatrais, o filme faz bom uso de flashbacks e conta com a interação perfeita entre Sellers e Attenborough.

January 11, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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