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The National Health (1973)

PG | | Comedy | 10 August 1979 (USA)
The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all... See full summary »

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Nurse Sweet / Nurse Betty Martin
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Edward Loach
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Sister McFee / Sister Mary MacArthur
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Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd
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Barnet / Dr. Neil Boyd
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David Hutcheson ...
Mackie
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Bert Palmer ...
Flegg
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Ash
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Dr. Bird
George 'Calypso' Browne ...
The Chaplain (as George Browne)
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The Lady Visitor
Jumoke Debayo ...
Nurse Lake
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Tyler
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The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all it can from their humorous escapades. The movie also includes a satire-within-a-satire, with "Nurse Norton's Affair" providing a send-up of TV hospital soap operas. Written by Anonymous

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Leonard Frey was nominated for the 1975 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The National Health" as Barnett. See more »

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Music Remembered and Conducted by Carl Davis See more »

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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Quality Black Humor
20 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Jim Dale is a revelation in this movie, with only slight echoes of his "Carry on Doctor" movies - here he has much richer material to play with.

The appalling conditions of an under-funded national health hospital are comically contrasted with a "Dr Kildare" style soap showing in the ward televisions. The contrast between the real world and the fantasy soap world is skillfully done.

A charming, tragic, funny and intelligent black comedy made in the days when Britain generally made very poor comedy movies.


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