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Doctor at Large (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 5 April 1957 (UK)
Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack ... See full summary »


Ralph Thomas


Richard Gordon (novel), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Dr. Simon Sparrow
Muriel Pavlow ... Dr. Joy Gibson
Donald Sinden ... Dr. Tony Benskin
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Lancelot Spratt
Shirley Eaton ... Nurse Nan McPherson
Derek Farr ... Dr. Potter-Shine
Michael Medwin ... Dr. Charles Bingham
Martin Benson ... Maharajah of Rhanda
John Chandos John Chandos ... O'Malley
Edward Chapman ... Wilkins
George Coulouris ... Pascoe
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Digby - Innkeeper
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Wilkins
Anne Heywood ... Emerald
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Charles Hopcroft


Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack specializing in rich neurotic women. He applies for a surgery position at a hospital, insults the senior surgeon, then rescues one of the hospital's Governors and finally gets his place on the staff. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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WARNING! The medics of "Doctor in the House" and "Doctor at Sea" are now AT LARGE! See more »




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Did You Know?


Richard Gordon: The author of the original books (and of the screenplay here) is on-screen hidden behind the anesthetist's mask in the "patient wakes up" scene. Gordon did the job in real-life before turning to writing. See more »


When Sparrow takes the letter from Sir Lancelot out of its envelope, the letter is folded into four, yet when he takes it out of his coat pocket when in the pub, it is folded in three. See more »


O'Malley: What do you know about urea?
Dr. Tony Benskin: Do you mean the chemical substance or my lug-hole?
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Followed by Doctor in Distress (1963) See more »

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Unfunny "comedy"
12 October 2011 | by petsitterSee all my reviews

A typical film of the "doldrums" era of British cinema.

A formulaic, lacklustre comedy with the type of populist humour that was acceptable, perhaps even funny, to audiences of the 1950's.

You can see it very much as a forerunner to the smutty humour of the Carry On series but this was 1957 and they couldn't get away with very much just yet.

What humour there is is very lame and pretty cringey. The big breaths "joke" particularly. It's no wonder British cinema was disregarded so roundly in this era.

It's obviously before the era of "medical ethics" too, with Dr Sparrow overstepping the doctor/patient boundary quite worryingly at times, putting one rich female patient over his knee and slapping her on the rear end. Again, all a bit cringey. Stereotypes of all kinds abound, racial, social and sexual.

As a period piece on how films were made in the 1950's it's a classic example. It hasn't stood the test of time very well though!

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5 April 1957 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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