Quietly competent young Joanna moves with her scatterbrain mother to a country village to take up her first job as District Nurse. She soon overcomes the suspicion of her patients used to ... See full summary »
Quietly competent young Joanna moves with her scatterbrain mother to a country village to take up her first job as District Nurse. She soon overcomes the suspicion of her patients used to someone rather older, while becoming romantically involved with a local farmer - at least until he tries to evict a newly-arrived expectant couple who park their caravan on his land. Written by
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Reasonably enjoyable fare with a nice comic tone and an OK story
Nurse Joanna Jones finally passes her driving test and thus is eligible to take the job as District Nurse in a small country village. When she manages to get to her new location with her dotty mother in tow, she finds that she has got to fill the very large shoes of her predecessor Nurse Merrick. Settling into her job, Jones gets to know the eccentric set of patients she has to deal with not to mention the attractive Dr Golfrey and the embittered local vicar.
Modern packaging and marketing of this film would have you believe that it is part of the Carry On series but even a viewing of the first 15 minutes will tell you that, other than Joan Sims, this has very little in common with Carry On Nurse (which was of the similar period). Instead of the freewheeling irreverence of that series this is much more structured and actually a mix of a light humour with a reasonable story. This is not to say that it is brilliant of course, because it is a fairly unremarkable affair although it is enjoyable if you meet it on its own terms. The humour is consistently gentle but does coax out some laughs while producing an amusing tone throughout, it isn't hilarious of course but I quite liked it and did find it a bit more refined than the other Nurse film (although it does have some similar joking, including a "bottom" joke at the end that is reminiscent of Nurse's famous daffodil conclusion).
The cast are quite pleasing and they seem to take to the relaxed tone of the material easier than the rather forced "wackiness" of the Carry On films. Mills is pretty and pitches it well in the lead role, but many of her scenes are stolen from her by Cannon's wonderfully comic dotty mother. Support features some good turns from Sims, Dale and a few others but I must admit that I wasn't overly taken by Howard as Dr Golfrey.
Overall this is an enjoyable film even if it isn't anything special and is never hilarious at any point. The cast do well with the tone of the material and the film delivers a consistent good humour within a story that is well enough structured to stand up better than some of the Carry On films that did feel a bit like a collection of sketches at times.
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