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Nurse on Wheels (1963)

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 »

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Joanna Jones
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Henry Edwards
Joan Sims ...
Deborah Walcott
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Abel Worthy
Esma Cannon ...
Mrs. Jones
Raymond Huntley ...
Vicar
Athene Seyler ...
Miss Farthingale
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George Judd
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. Harold Golfrey
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Mrs. Wood
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Mrs. Beacon
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Tim Taylor
George Woodbridge ...
Mr. Beacon
David Horne ...
Dr. Golfrey Senior
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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 Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Even funnier than "Carry on Nurse!"

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Carry on, Nurse on Wheels  »

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Abel Worthy's general store was a fake frontage built on a driveway between two existing houses, one of which was used as Abel's house. See more »

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The wild car journey is split into two parts, apparently a reel is in the wrong order. See more »

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[Joanna's driving instructor has recommended her to "treat the examiner as your friend" so she tries a flippant remark]
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Referenced in True Jackson, VP: Ryan on Wheels (2008) See more »

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Dated, but enjoyable for fans of old-fashioned British comedy
27 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

NURSE ON WHEELS does feel very much like a non-canon CARRY ON film, a feeling exacerbated by the presence of not one, not two, but three CARRY ON big names: Gerald Thomas as director, Peter Rogers as producer, and Norman Hudis as writer. Add in the presence of a number of CARRY ON players in support and you have pretty much a CARRY ON movie in all but name.

The tag line proclaims this as "funnier than CARRY ON NURSE!" and I would have to disagree with that statement. The early black and white CARRY ONs were all very good indeed; there was no time taken to get the series up to speed, they had the formula correct from the word go and the resulting films feel fresh and sparkly even now. NURSE ON WHEELS spoils things a bit by including a large romantic sub-plot which makes this sometimes feel like a light romance from the 1940s rather than an early '60s comedy.

Still, there are plenty of reasons to tune in, not least the efforts of the solid cast. Juliet Mills is full of warmth and humour as the district nurse lead, although the fish-out-of-water type humour feels very quaint and even antiquated for a modern viewership. Ronald Lewis is stuck with the stodgy role of a farmer, although Noel Purcell shines as the eccentric general store owner. Sadly, one of the best known of the CARRY ON actors, Joan Sims, has her comic talents wasted in the part of a jealous rival. Still, Esma Cannon is delightfully eccentric, old talents like Joan Hickson and Renee Houston remain amusing, George Woodbridge is cast delightfully against type, and Jim Dale makes a mark early on in his career.


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