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Frankie
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Dr. Smelley
Tommy Godfrey ...
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George Moon ...
Mr. Cockspur
Dorothy Frere ...
Miss Pettigrew
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The Old Man
Beverley Jennings ...
The Probationer (as Beverley Kay Jennings)
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16 September 1976 (UK)  »

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"Dr.Smelley? He sounds a real stinker!"
11 September 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Frankie goes into hospital to have a tonsillectomy, but finds the staff, especially the wise-cracking Dr.Smelley and bullish Matron Scuttlebutt, a pain. The receptionist fails to recognise him and old men in striped pyjamas bombard him with their ailments. To make matters worse, he is placed in a small ward with aged Mr.Cockspur, whose cries of 'I want my bottle' every few seconds get on his nerves. Frankie receives a visit from his agent, who cannot even remember his name.

Some consolation comes in the curvy shape of Nurse Barron...

This long-forgotten series has just resurfaced on D.V.D. While not up to standard of 'Up Pompeii!', its a lot better than some of Frankie's other shows, particularly 'Then Churchill Said To Me'.

Talbot Rothwell's script has much in common with his script for the 1968 film 'Carry On Doctor'. The same leading man for one thing, a battle axe of a matron, insane patients, and a sexpot nurse. Oh, and acres of bad puns.

Joan Sims' 'Matron Scuttlebutt' is not far removed from 'Matron Joanna Sweet', her character in 'Doctor In Clover' in 1966. Madeline Smith is 'Nurse Barron' and, as you'd expect, her busty substances ( to borrow a phrase of Peter Cook's ) are displayed to maximum effect.

All good fun but nothing really special.

Funniest moment - Frankie attempting to administer a bottle to Mr.Cockspur, resulting in the old man's plastered leg falling on top of him, and the entire bed collapsing!


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