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Doctor in Distress (1963)

Dr. Simon Sparrow's love life improves dramatically when the lovely Delia Mallory is brought into casualty with a sprained ankle. She's relieved at the diagnosis as she is a model and is as... See full summary »

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Delia Mallory
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Iris Marchant - Physiotherapist
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Sonia / Helga Stronberg (as Mylene Demongeot)
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Maj. Tommy Ffrench
Jessie Evans ...
Mrs. Parry
Ann Lynn ...
Mrs. Whittaker
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Harry Heilbronn
Rodney Cardiff ...
Student Doctor
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Dr. Blacker
Fenella Fielding ...
Passenger on Train
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Genevieve
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Grimes
Michael Flanders ...
Bradby
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Dr. Simon Sparrow's love life improves dramatically when the lovely Delia Mallory is brought into casualty with a sprained ankle. She's relieved at the diagnosis as she is a model and is as attracted to Sparrow as he is to her. Sparrow finds himself treating Sir Lancelot Spratt who has taken to sleep-walking. He has also quite suddenly lost his gruff manner and is being quite nice to everyone. Sparrow quickly diagnoses Spratt's condition: he's fallen in love. The object of his affection is physiotherapist Iris Merchant. Sparrow urges him on but she also has another suitor in the form of Major Tommy Ffrench. Spratt tries to hire a private detective to follow her but when that doesn't work out he takes to following her himself. Mayhem ensues. Written by garykmcd

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2 August 1963 (UK)  »

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Opening credits: The characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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In the opening title sequence, ambulance man Peter Butterworth's cap gets blown off by the wind, yet he's wearing it again on arrival at the hospital. See more »

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Followed by Doctor in Trouble (1970) See more »

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This one surprised me...and not in a good way
14 August 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen most of Dirk Bogarde's films, so the fact that up until DOCTOR IN DISTRESS I haven't seen a single film in his Doctor series is unusual. I think perhaps the reason why is because I really like Bogarde's dramas--especially the dark ones--and the Doctor films seem about as far from that as you can find.

This installment finds Bogarde and his boss (James Robertson Justice) both having romantic problems. Bogarde is infatuated with a patient, Samantha Eggar, and Justice is infatuated with a masseuse who works at the hospital. I say 'infatuated' because at no point does the film give either doctor a chance to even know the women with which they are obsessed--a major shortcoming in this film. Another major shortcoming is that too often, the film is played for laughs--very, very broad and low-brow laughs. This is certainly NOT a sophisticated British comedy--there is no hint of Ealing Studios or any of the other clever British film makers in this one! Broad humor, broad performances and a film that is, at best, a minor trifle--this is NOT a must-see but is at best a time-passer and one that might occasionally make you cringe with its obvious and over-the-top writing. Frankly, this surprised me...I had expected more.

In hindsight, perhaps a 4 is being a tad generous--I sure hope the other Doctor films are better and less "kooky".


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