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Rumpole of the Bailey - Rumpole and the Confession of Guilt (1975)

Cast: Leo McKern, Leo McKern
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Studio: Acorn Media
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Television, Courtroom, British TV, TV Drama, British Drama, Courtroom, Drama TV, UK, Courtroom
Running Time: 65 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Rumpole of the Bailey: The Lost Episode first aired in 1975 as part of the BBC anthology series Play for Today. In 2004, it was released on home video by Acorn Media with the title "Rumpole and the Confession of Guilt." Barrister Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) defends a young black man who has been accused of stabbing a white man. The kid has signed a confession, but Rumpole doesn't think it's legitimate. After learning that the kid was neglected by his father, Rumpole starts to think about his relationship to his own son Nick (David Yelland). Joyce Heron plays disapproving wife Hilda and Noel Willman plays grumpy Justice Bates. Written by Sir John Mortimer, the story was later adapted into the anthology Rumpole for the Defence. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Beware of She Who Must Be Obeyed by BorisDarling December 15, 2004 - 6:50 PM PST
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This is not 'Murder, She Wrote'. Rumpole likes to drink, says exactly what he likes, deftly wins cases by playing off the oafish egos of the upper class twits around him and then screws up his own life by paying absolutely no attention to the same rules that make him triumph when in his secondhand and threadbare wig.

Rumpole manipulates the prosecution, banters with his Lordship and woos the jury like a lover who inappropriately quotes Wordsworth.

If you live in TeeVeeLand and get arrested, lemme tell ya, you don't want Matlock. You gonna call Rumpole of the Old Bailey. Trust me.

Oh, yeah. This is the original, a short teleplay for the 'Play for Today' TeeVeeShow. It was so popular that they made the additional episodes, but you may find this a bit rough around the edges when compared to the series.

And remember, the more respectable work is in the civil cases, don't you see?




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