Brothers in Law (film)

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 1955 novel Brothers in Law by Henry Cecil, a comedy set in the legal profession.[3]

Brothers in Law
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Directed byRoy Boulting
Produced byJohn Boulting
Screenplay byRoy Boulting
Jeffrey Dell
Frank Harvey Jr.
Based onBrothers in Law
by Henry Cecil
StarringRichard Attenborough
Ian Carmichael
Jill Adams
Miles Malleson
Music byBenjamin Frankel
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited byAnthony Harvey
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
  • 5 March 1957 (1957-03-05)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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Critical receptionEdit

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]


  1. ^ "Brothers in Law (1956)". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Boulting Brothers".
  3. ^ Hal Erickson. "The Brothers in Law (1957) - Roy Boulting - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "The Screen: Case Study of Lawyers; Brothers in Law' Opens at Guild British Comedy Stars Ian Carmichael".
  5. ^ Tony Sloman. "Brothers in Law". RadioTimes.


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

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