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Doctor in the House (1954)

 -  Comedy  -  2 February 1955 (USA)
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Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Muriel Pavlow ...
Richard Grimsdyke
Kay Kendall ...
Isobel Minster
Taffy Evans
Suzanne Cloutier ...
George Coulouris ...
Jean Taylor Smith ...
Sister Virtue
Nicholas Phipps ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
Martin Boddey ...
Demonstrator at pedal machine
Joan Sims ...
Rigor Mortis
Gudrun Ure ...
May (as Ann Gudrun)


Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast sports-car driving that constitute 1950's medical training. There is, however, always the looming and formidable figure of chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt to remind them of their real purpose. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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2 February 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Richard Gordon:  The author of the book "Doctor in The House" has a cameo as a Anaethetist. See more »


Lancelot Sprat: Alright, I've swallowed a doorknob. What would my symptoms be ?
Grimsdyke: A slight indigestion?
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Simon's first foray into the medical world
1 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dirk Bogarde was at the height of his matinée idol handsomeness when he made "Doctor in the House," a 1954 film that led to a series of films. It also stars Kenneth More, Kay Kendall, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, and Donald Sinden.

The story concerns the hijinks of the young medical students as they flirt with the nurses, attempt to pass their boards (sometimes more than once), drink, and party. Bogarde is Simon Sparrow, the naive, serious-minded young man who comes into this den of playboys. Everyone is very good, especially James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt, a role he truly made his own.

Bogarde, as always, injects some shyness and gentleness into the proceedings, and his scene with a new young mother when he delivers her baby is especially sweet. Bogarde had a very interesting career path - he wasn't really interested in being a "movie star," as such, and worked his way into character parts and finally working with directors like Visconti in prestigious, if not widely distributed, films. He also had a very prolific writing career.

If you like these "Doctor" films, this one is probably the best, so you're sure to enjoy it.

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