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Under the Doctor (1976)

 -  Comedy  -  November 1976 (UK)
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A British sex comedy about a doctor, a bevy of beautiful women and their sexual problems. Can the overworked and over-titillated doctor help his patients while resisting the urge to help himself?

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Complete credited cast:
Barry Evans ...
Doctor Boyd, Psychiatrist / Mr Johnson / Lt Cranshaw / Colin Foster
Liz Fraser ...
Sandra
Hilary Pritchard ...
Lady Victoria Stockbridge
Penny Spencer ...
Marion Parson
Jonathan Cecil ...
Rodney Harrington-Harrington / Lord Woodbridge
Elizabeth Counsell ...
Nurse Addison
Peter Cleall ...
Wilkins, Butler
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A British sex comedy about a doctor, a bevy of beautiful women and their sexual problems. Can the overworked and over-titillated doctor help his patients while resisting the urge to help himself?

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As Penny Spencer walks through Knightsbridge topless under a see-through blouse, the reactions of the passers-by are genuine, as they were not aware of the film cameras. See more »

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Talk of Love
Music by Jean Bouchéty
Sung by Vince Hill
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Come now - its a lot more than Liz Fraser
22 February 2008 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

While I would not like to be in the position of defending Under The Doctor as a great British sex comedy, if in fact there is such a thing, I would object to those who treat it as a paean to Liz Fraser.

Under The Doctor consists of four stories linked by the concept of people telling them to a psychiatrist (Barry Evans). The first patient, Marion Parson (Penny Spencer) is a young woman who has erotic fantasies about a potential employer Mr. Johnson (Barry Evans again) at a job interview. The second patient, the noble Lady Victoria Stockbridge (Hilary Pritchard), tells the tale of how she supports her luxurious lifestyle by wheedling "inside" information on the stock market from smitten banker Rodney Harrington-Harrington (Jonathan Cecil); he with the lecherous butler Wilkins (Peter Cleall). She then relates her fantasy of being an 18th century lady being dueled over by the foppish Lord Woodbridge (Jonathan Cecil again) and the dashing Lieutenant Cranshaw (Barry Evans again). The final patient is the single, live at home with Mom, Sandra (Liz Fraser) who fantasizes about rekindling the flame with her imaginary husband Colin (Barry Evans again).

In terms of sex, Penny Spencer is the youngest, prettiest and most naked. Hilary Pritchard contributes some worthwhile topless views and Liz Fraser does Victoria's Secret proud in the lingerie department. Although I am a lifetime fan of Liz Fraser's comic skills I must be a cad and suggest that perhaps she was reaching a stage where those skills might best be shown fully dressed.

In terms of comedy the offerings are much more dependent on your personal taste. The tone of the film is difficult to describe inasmuch as there is a touch of the fevered back of the hand to the forehead Perils of Pauline approach to the fantasies. It will either attract your interest or leave you confused. Most of the comic situations are simplistic and unoriginal (except for the "insider trading" plot line which is most likely to appeal to those with a business background).

In terms of acting Liz Fraser, with her vibrant performance and comic timing leads the pack. I've seen Jonathan Cecil in small roles in many British movies but the persona he displayed in each was always the same. Here he has a larger role and, while his persona is exactly the same (whether you like it is a matter of personal taste), there is no doubt he's enjoying it immensely. I feel like a cad, again, in being unable to say anything nice about Barry Evans rather flat performance. I feel that I owe him something to offset the tragedy of his short life but unfortunately I can't find anything on the screen.

Technical credits on the DVD I watched were low average.


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