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Dock Brief

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Performed in London and on American television and stage with What Shall We Tell Caroline? A seedy lawyer has been waiting for years to make a grandstand defence. He is assigned to defend an innocuous little man accused of murdering his wife. The man cheerfully admits his guilt; he simply couldn't stand his wife's constant joking and laughing. The trial ends and the verdic ...more
Paperback, 42 pages
Published 1958 by Samuel French Ltd
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Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Mortimer, John. THE DOCK BRIEF & Other Plays. (1962). ****. John Mortimer, the author of the famous series of books about Rumpole of the Bailey, unfortunately passed on this January. Before he was a novelist, he was a part-time actor and playwright. His plays were written to be performed on the radio and then later revised for the stage. This book provides a glimpse of some of his early plays, and includes three of them. “The Dock Brief,” is a two-character piece played entirely within a jai ...more
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An unsuccessful barrister is asked to defend a man accused of murder. Stars Michael Hordern and David Kossoff. From May 1957.

Avalilable at BBC Radio 7: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007js6p
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John Clifford Mortimer was a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole. John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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