Witness the birth of British barrister Horace Rumpole, who emerges in all his claret-quaffing, cheroot-smoking glory in this original BBC television play created 3 years before the launch of the long-running Rumpole series. Hear his first utterances of the wifely sobriquet "She who must be obeyed," his first recitations of Wordsworth in the loo, and his first cynical musings about the nature of justice - until now lost to television history.
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"You'll have a bit of fun with this one, Mr. Rumpole," and so will fans of this venerable BBC series. This may not be Horace Rumpole's absolute finest hour (65 minutes, to be exact), but it is his first. John Mortimer introduced his crusty, irrepressible British barrister in this long-lost 1975 television play, originally broadcast as part of the anthology series Play for Today. Leo McKern doesn't portray so much as inhabit Rumpole, as cynical about the justice system ("Crime doesn't pay, but it's a living") as he is passionate about defending his clients; in this case, a sullen black youth accused of stabbing a stranger at a bus stop. Though his wife ("she who must be obeyed") needles him as "an old Bailey hack," he rises to the occasion after determining that there is more to this "20-minute case" than simply "just another boy with a dagger." It's grand fun watching Rumpole get the best of scowling judges and corrupt policemen. Rumpole could very well have been reviewing this episode when he tells his son, Nick, "Sometimes, it goes well... sweet and easy as knocking back a pint of Guinness." -- Donald LiebensonReview:
5 Stars - This episode was thought, "Lost" but lucky for us it wasn't. -- britamtvdvds.blogspot.com, February 11, 2007
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Descripción Acorn Media, 2003. Non-Book. Estado de conservación: Very Good+. Almost as new. ; Video. DVD in hard clamshell case. NTSC Format (US & Canada Only) . MOVIES. Approximately 65 minutes in color. Originally broadcast in 1975, this is the debut performance of one of the most memorable courtroom characters of all time. Leo McKern emerges in all his claret-quaffing, cheroot-smoking glory in this original BBC television play created three years before the launch of the long-running RUMPOLE series. DVD special features include 'lost episode' history, glossary of terms, filmographies and scene index. Nº de ref. de la librería 30921