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Doctor in the House (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 February 1955 (USA)
The trials and tribulations of a group of medical students at St. Swithin's hospital in London, England.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Richard Gordon (by), Richard Gordon (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Simon Sparrow
Muriel Pavlow ... Joy Gibson
Kenneth More ... Richard Grimsdyke
Donald Sinden ... Tony Benskin
Kay Kendall ... Isobel Minster
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Lancelot Spratt
Donald Houston ... Taffy Evans
Suzanne Cloutier ... Stella
George Coulouris ... Briggs
Jean Taylor Smith Jean Taylor Smith ... Sister Virtue
Nicholas Phipps ... Magistrate
Geoffrey Keen ... Dean
Martin Boddey ... Demonstrator at pedal machine
Joan Sims ... Rigor Mortis
Gudrun Ure Gudrun Ure ... May (as Ann Gudrun)
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Storyline

Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) is a newly arrived medical student at St. Swithin's hospital in London, England. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls, he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing, and fast sports car driving that constitute 1950s medical training. There is, however, always the looming and formidable figure of Chief Surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice) to remind them of their real purposes. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Republic's Happy-Go-Laughable Hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In between takes, Kenneth More, Donald Sinden and Donald Houston would interact with each other on the set. By contrast, Dirk Bogarde kept pretty much to himself. See more »

Goofs

Simon Sparrow attends to a birth at Christmas, then almost immediately afterwards takes part in a rugby match in November. What's more the trees are in full summer foliage on the day of the match. See more »

Quotes

Lancelot Sprat: You can cut the patient's throat while he's under general anaesthetic and nobody'll mind, but if you leave anything inside it'll be in the Sunday papers in no time.
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Connections

Referenced in Stella Street: The Zulu Party (1997) See more »

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My brief review of the film
22 June 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

A fairly good watch, especially considering the number of flaws in the film, it mixes good dialogue with British mannerisms to create a reasonably amusing picture. The film has no real sense of time, with years passing but only feeling like months, and the characters all look too old to be fresh medical students, plus there are quite a few lame jokes. The Technicolor looks a bit too colourful to be natural too, though colour does suit the film more than black and white would have. As has been alluded to already, the film is still quite reasonable entertainment in spite of its shortcomings, and James Robert Justice gives a highly memorable performance, keeping it all buoyant whenever he is on screen.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toubib or not toubib See more »

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Budget:

GBP100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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