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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Simon Sparrow
... Dr. Joy Gibson
... Dr. Tony Benskin
... Sir Lancelot Spratt
... Nurse Nan McPherson
... Dr. Potter-Shine
... Dr. Charles Bingham
... Maharajah of Rhanda
John Chandos ... O'Malley
... Wilkins
... Pascoe
... Mrs. Digby - Innkeeper
Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Wilkins
... Emerald
Ernest Jay ... Charles Hopcroft
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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 »

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5 April 1957 (UK)  »

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Hilfe, der Doktor kommt!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.75: 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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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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Follows Doctor in the House (1954) See more »

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" Oh, alright, . . . . If you must be a doctor, . . do it quietly "
21 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

English medical comedy in the dark medium of a theater, is often subtle, urbane and sleigh of hand. For American audiences, we see British laughter in two ways, either loud and in your face, such as Monte Python's Flying Circus or tall abrupt and seriously stuffy as in this offering. This film " Doctor at Large " is the second installment and although much is expected, falls a bit flat. Despite having two of the finest English actors like Dirk Bogarde as Dr. Simon Sparrow and James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt, the movie, like the story is hampered with fractured scenes and little adhesion to comedy. One wonders if the characters are seeking sympathy for the script or for the jumbled set of patients which range from the very neurotic to the very eccentric. The movie strives for understanding, but despite its best efforts never achieves the nobility of the original. A great waste of serious talent. ***


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