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Editorial Reviews

Leo McKern delivers another hilarious and decidedly unique performance as Rumpole in John Mortimer's Rumpole a la Carte, a collection of short stories based on his BBC radio plays. McKern's gruff British delivery of the humorously stodgy old barrister will take listeners right back to England. What antics will Rumpole get up to next with his wife on his case, and he on a case at "Old Bailey"? Fans of the BBC plays and the TV series will treasure this collection and ask for more.

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Rumpole unenthusiastically accompanies Hilda and her cousin to a very fashionable restaurant. Rumpole hates the ostentatious ambiance and pretentious food with its scant portions. He requests steak and kidney pudding. Jean Pierre O'Higgins, the owner, is insulted that Rumpole would expect him to prepare such low-class dishes. Suddenly, pandemonium strikes when a live mouse jumps out from the serving dish at another table. Unfortunately, the diners are Erskine-Brown with an attractive colleague that he's romancing. When an obstinate O'Higgins comes to Rumpole to plead his help in saving his license and reputation, Rumpole agrees to defend him, but he must also somehow do this without embarrassing Erskine-Brown. 

©1990 John Mortimer (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

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