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An accident in the butchers shop leads Norman and Mr Grimsdale to the hospital where, after causing the normal ammount of chaos, Norman finds Lindy, a little girl who hasn't spoken or ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Chapman ...
Jeanette Sterke ...
Nurse Haskell (as Jeannette Sterke)
Jerry Desmonde ...
Sir Hector
Jill Melford ...
Lady Brinkley
Glyn Houston ...
Cpl. Welsh, St. John's Ambulance Brigade
Hazel Hughes ...
Peter Jones ...
Capt. Russell, St. John's Ambulance Brigade
Ernest Clark ...
Prof. Crankshaw
Lucy Appleby ...
Vera Day ...
Driver Nutall, St. John's Ambulance Brigade
Penny Morrell ...
Nurse Rudkin
Patrick Cargill ...
Dr. Meadows


An accident in the butchers shop leads Norman and Mr Grimsdale to the hospital where, after causing the normal ammount of chaos, Norman finds Lindy, a little girl who hasn't spoken or smiled since her parents were killed in an aeroplane accident. Norman decides to help. Written by Steve Crook <>

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6 February 1964 (Portugal)  »

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Bettgelächter  »

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At c. 16 minutes the nurse says "Mr Grimsdale will be taken to casualty." She could not possibly know the name of the new patient this stage. See more »


Nurse Haskell: Thank you Mr. Pitkin.
Norman Pitkin: What for?
Nurse Haskell: You obviously don't realise but you just did something wonderful.
Norman Pitkin: Me?
Nurse Haskell: Mmmm. You must have a gift.
Norman Pitkin: Oh, no. Oh, no, no. I don't want anything me and Mr. Grimsdale we do it for nothing.
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26 February 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Norman Pitkin works for Mr Grimsdale in a butcher shop. When a robbery goes wrong Mr Grimsdale is put into hospital to recover. While in the hospital he and Norman decide that they have been `called' to serve as doctors. While visiting Norman makes friends with a lonely young girl in the children's wing, even giving her Mr Grimsdale's gold watch to cheer her up. However a series of misunderstandings leads Sir Hector to ban Norman from the hospital. However he tries many tricks to get in to visit the girl.

Norman Wisdom films rarely surprise - you pretty much know what you're going to get and this is no different. Here his wide eyed innocent gets into a raft of comical misunderstandings around the hospital. His innocent act still works well and many of the set pieces are funny and well handled. The actual scenes with the little girl are too cute and sweet to be totally enjoyable but they do set up the usual `message' at the end - this one (as with so many others) allows Norman's working class fool to challenge the selfishness of the upper classes.

Wisdom is good, he still manages to carry off the likeable innocent. Wisdom regulars Jerry Desmonde and Edward Chapman are both good and as usual the rest of the cast is filled out by reasonable attractive girls eager to fall for Norman's charms.

Overall fans of Wisdom will not be disappointed and people who enjoy physical comedy with no nasty or cynical edges will find much gentle charm to enjoy here.

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