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Doctor at Large (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 5 April 1957 (UK)
Dr. Sparrow graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack specializing in rich ... See full summary »

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Dr. Joy Gibson
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Sir Lancelot Spratt
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Nurse Nan McPherson
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Dr. Potter-Shine
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Dr. Charles Bingham
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Maharajah of Rhanda
John Chandos ...
Edward Chapman ...
Wilkins
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Pascoe
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Mrs. Digby - Innkeeper
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs. Wilkins
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Ernest Jay ...
Charles Hopcroft
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Dr. Sparrow graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack specializing in rich neurotic women. He applies for a surgery position at a hospital, insults the senior surgeon, then rescues one of the hospital's governors and finally gets his place on the staff. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Every treatment is a treat with the doctor whose practice includes the liveliest, looniest (and sometimes loveliest) batch of eccentrics in the British Isles! See more »

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5 April 1957 (UK)  »

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Hilfe, der Doktor kommt!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Richard Gordon: The author of the original books (and of the screenplay here) is on screen hidden behind the anesthetist's mask in the "patient wakes up" scene. Gordon did the job in real life before turning to writing. See more »

Goofs

When Sparrow takes the letter from Sir Lancelot out of its envelope, the letter is folded into four, yet when he takes it out of his coat pocket when in the pub, it is folded in three. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Simon Sparrow: [brandishing stethoscope] Now, Eva, big breaths!
Eva: Yeth, and I'm only thixteen.
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Follows Doctor at Sea (1955) See more »

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Dr. Sparrow tries out doctoring in several scenarios
23 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Doctor at Large" is the third installment of the "Doctor" series, with Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde), losing a higher level position at St. Swithins, tries out several other scenarios where he can practice.

This is a very light film, without much plot, except that Simon comes up against Benskin (Donald Sinden), his rival at St. Swithins, who gets the position that Sparrow wanted. It's humorous without being riotous. The best scene for me was when Simon and Nan McPherson (Shirley Eaton) stay overnight at an inn. The proprietress puts them on different floors, and when Simon attempts to sneak downstairs into Nan's room, the woman comes out into the hall. "I was looking for the bathroom," he says. "It's on your floor," she says. "The door is marked 'Bathroom.'" Then she sits in the hall, thus thwarting further attempts.

The cast is good, and Muriel Pavlov is back as Joy. It's really interesting to see Bogarde in this type of film, for which he is so well known, as he spent much of his career doing dark roles in deeper films: "The Servant," "The Night Porter," Death in Venice," and "Victim," to name only a few. The commercial cinema traded on his matinée idol looks; but his heart was elsewhere. Nevertheless, he handled this type of film very well, giving the character a gentleness that people like to see in a real doctor. I think it's a riot that when he appeared in Shaw's "Doctor's Dilemma" on film, the British audience steered clear when they found out it wasn't part of the "Doctor" series. Obviously, these films are beloved, particularly in England.


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