All Creatures Great and Small (1975)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  4 February 1975 (USA)
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The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Bruce ...
Christine Buckley ...
John Collin ...
Jane Collins ...
Fred Feast ...
Farmer in Cinema
Glynne Geldart ...
Harold Goodwin ...
Dinsdale's Uncle
Doreen Mantle ...
Mrs. Seaton
John Nettleton ...
Head Waiter
Daphne Oxenford ...
Bert Palmer ...
Mr. Dean (as Burt Palmer)


The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

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4 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Creatures Great and Small (#24.3)  »

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Did You Know?


Although born in Sunderland, Herriot spent the first twenty-three years of his life in Glasgow, and never lost the accent, as can be heard in television interviews. Simon Ward however, plays him as a Londoner. See more »


Early on (and whilst James is working at the surgery) Siegfried is seen reading the "Daily Express" newspaper dated Saturday June 5th 1937. But James tells Helen in a later scene that he's only been at the practice since July. See more »


[first lines]
[James Herriot rings the doorbell]
Mrs. Hall: [opening door] Yes?
James Herriot: [removing his hat] Good afternoon, my name's Herriot.
James Herriot: ...Well, I belive Mr. Farnon is expecting me.
Mrs. Hall: Surgery is from six to seven.
James Herriot: Oh no, no, he asked me for tea.
Mrs. Hall: Did he now?
James Herriot: Well, I'm applying for the job, you see. Mr. Farnon's new assistant.
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Remade as All Creatures Great and Small (1978) See more »


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Not As Good As The TV Show
12 April 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film version of James Herriot`s series of novels isn`t much cop compared to the television show of the same . This movie is the prior piece but there`s nothing very memorable about . The plot is more or less composed of " Will young James get married to his girlfriend or not ? " , hardly the most original or compelling premise for a movie , and we`re treated to little in the way of these blackly comical scenes of animals and their owners having mishaps that made the TV show enjoyable . Perhaps the worst problem is that Tristan ( Played by boyish mischief in the show by Peter Davison ) is more or less a peripheral character in this movie

The cast are passable ( Simon West was rather famous when this was produced while Anthony Hopkins was almost totally unknown ) but they seem to lack the flair that Christopher Timothy , Robert Hardy and Peter Davison brought to the long running series

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