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Doctor at Large (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 5 April 1957 (UK)
Dr. Sparrow 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Richard Gordon (novel), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Dr. Sparrow 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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Every treatment is a treat with the doctor whose practice includes the liveliest, looniest (and sometimes loveliest) batch of eccentrics in the British Isles! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilfe, der Doktor kommt! See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Ernest Jay who has a bit part in this film died before release. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Simon Sparrow: [brandishing stethoscope] Now, Eva, big breaths!
Eva: Yeth, and I'm only thixteen.
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Follows Doctor at Sea (1955) See more »

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Gently comic and bland entertainment that might fill a west Sunday afternoon
25 September 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

After his adventures at sea Dr Sparrow returns to real life and a proper job in a hospital. Messing up his chances of getting a high level position within the hospital Sparrow heads out looking for another job but finds that nothing is going to come easily to him. Meanwhile his colleague Beskin cheats his way into greener pastures with a roguish mix of charm and good humour. Right, well I've done the best I can at providing a short plot summary to the film and I don't think it is that bad considering that in reality the plot is more a series of scenarios with Sparrow drifting around in the working world.

The tone is very much gentle British humour – i.e. not a lot of laughs to be had. It moves slowly enough due to the lack of plot and it is difficult to follow or care about because it does just seem to be drifting aimlessly from one thing to the next. I laughed once or twice at most ("big breaths") but the film just seems happy to exist on a gentle tone rather than having anything sharp or that good in regards material. The cast try hard to raise a laugh or two and push the material as hard as they can but all they can really do is contribute to the gently comic mood. Bogarde is OK in the lead role, hardly memorable but suitable smooth and gentle for the lead. Sinden has fun with a more interesting character and he is funny by force of personality. Justice is hardly in the film but makes his usual impact.

Overall this is an OK entry in an OK series of film. It isn't particularly funny and doesn't really have a plot worth speaking of but it has a gently comic air that might appeal to those looking for undemanding British fare to fill the television on a west Sunday afternoon. Nothing special but not bad so to say.


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