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Rumpole of the Bailey: Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons
Rumpole of the Bailey Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons
Actors: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie, Richard Murdoch
Director: John Glenister
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2002     1hr 44min

Part lawyer, part detective, Horace Rumpole is one of the most colorful characters ever to approach the bench.  With his brilliant mind and sly sense of humor, Rumpole's adventures behind the scenes and center stage in the...  more »


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Actors: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie, Richard Murdoch
Director: John Glenister
Creators: Trevor Waite, Jacqueline Davis, John Frankau, John Mortimer
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/27/2002
Original Release Date: 02/12/1980
Theatrical Release Date: 02/12/1980
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 11/25/2018...
Easily re-watchable, and have seen all of the episodes 3 times now. Even watched the entire series with my father, who greatly enjoyed it. Rumpole is based on John Mortimer's books, who was a barrister himself. Rumpole is one of the most nonchalant characters you'll ever run across, who's real fire blazes in the courtroom. An uncanny ability to suss out the truth, an irreverence towards blockhead judges, and wisecracks galore under his breath. There's quite some witty remarks in here. And, of course, he has an affinity towards the innocent and does his best to protect them. A very offbeat courtroom drama. Highly recommend!

Movie Reviews

An Excellent Collection
Paul N. Walton | SF Bay Area, California, USA | 08/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"HBO Home Video has done a nice job of presenting the first two Rumpole series in this initial DVD collection. The set contains twelve one-hour episodes (six per series) and the two-hour film, "Rumpole's Return". The picture is sharp overall, particularly in the indoor scenes originally recorded on studio videotape, while the outdoor scenes done on 16 mm film are as well as can be expected (the production values of the Rumpole episodes improved considerably over time. These episodes are from the late 1970s). The DVD menus are good and provide about six scene selections per episode. There are also a few extras, such as bios of John Mortimer and Leo McKern, and some information about the British legal system. I have looked forward to seeing Rumpole on DVD for several years and am pleased with this set overall. Presumably, there will be two more sets like it to complete the Rumpole collection, and I would certainly buy them too. If I could have made a suggestion or two to the people in charge of the packaging, I would have liked to have seen the collection in a hard case rather than a paper one, and I would have tried to find more flattering photos of Rumpole than those used on the outside of the box. Also, the photo used to illustrate the episode "Rumpole and the Younger Generation" is from another episode in which Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown appeared (she was not in the Younger Generation). Otherwise, a good job and I hope to see the other two sets soon. [A&E has changed the packaging on these DVDs since I wrote this review. They are now in a plastic box with different photos so some of my comments are a little outdated]."
Rumpole Videos
Damian Housman | Naples, Florida United States | 01/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I like to collect Rumpole videos. Unfortunately, that isn't made any easier when the video does not have the titles of the episodes. I have several Rumpole videos, but there are several sources for them, each with its own "volume" number on it. I don't want to buy videos I already own. How about a list of the episodes? If you include that, you will probably sell a lot more videos to people like me who are only hesitant because we may have them already."
O Frabjous day!
Michael D. Kelley | Leesburg, Florida | 02/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As someone else here noted, a Rumpole fan needs no urging to buy this set. For the uninitiated, however, be aware this may well be an acquired taste -- all the best things in life are.Here's a litmus test: see if you find this story amusing. A judge had before him an elderly con who's been convicted so many times they are on a first name basis. He sentences him to 20 years and the man looks up and says "But, your honor, I'm a very old man and don't have too many years left. I don't know that I can do 20 years." "Well," says the judge, "you just do as much as you can."That's one of the stories that Rumpole loves to tell, and it's typical of the kinds of scenerios this barrister finds himself facing. One of the best things about having these episodes on DVD is you can quickly skip back and reply scenes -- every single reviewing will reward you with new treats.Leo played a part written especially for him, and it's almost impossible to tell where he leaves off and Rumpole begins. The Rumpole series has never been collected in this organized a fashion before (previous releases came in a bewildering array of assorted sets that mixed years willy-nilly) and this is a perfect place to get aquainted with the most erudite and witty barrister the other side of the Big Pond. Nothing can replace Mr. McKern, but this set at least preserves his best performances for all time."