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Doctor in Love (1960)

Doctors Burke and Hare leave the confines of St Swithins for the world of general practice, stopping off on the way as patients at the Foulness anti-cold Unit. Hare then takes up a position... See full summary »

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Ralph Thomas

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... Dr. Richard Hare
Virginia Maskell ... Dr. Nicola Barrington
Leslie Phillips ... Dr. Tony Burke
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Lancelot Spratt
Carole Lesley ... Kitten Strudwick
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Wildewinde
Nicholas Phipps ... Dr. Clive Cardew
Liz Fraser ... Leonora
Joan Sims ... Dawn
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Lady Spratt
Irene Handl ... Professor MacRitchie
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Dr. Hinxman
Moira Redmond ... Sally Nightingale
Ronnie Stevens ... Harold Green
Fenella Fielding ... Mrs. Tadwich
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Doctors Burke and Hare leave the confines of St Swithins for the world of general practice, stopping off on the way as patients at the Foulness anti-cold Unit. Hare then takes up a position as junior in a well-healed G.P.'s surgery while Burke continues to sow his doctorial wild oats. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1960 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Apuros de um Médico See more »

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The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Liz Fraser (Leonora) and Fenella Fielding (Mrs. Tadwich) died only five days apart: Fraser on September 6, 2018 and Fielding on September 11, 2018. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tony Burke: Tell me about yourself. Bare your soul.
Leonora: My soul? No ones ever asked to see that before.
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Connections

Follows Doctor in the House (1954) See more »

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Doctor in Love
Written by Ken Hare
Arranged by Eric Rogers (uncredited)
Performed by Richard Allan
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A real tonic
17 September 2003 | by david-697See all my reviews

This, the third sequel to Doctor In The House, Doctor In Love, sees the temporary absence of Dirk Bogarde's Simon Sparrow (he returned for Doctor In Distress); instead chief medical duties fall to Michael Craig's Doctor Hare, an equally young and inexperienced young Doctor.

In truth, though Craig is a likeable leading man, his role is largely dispensable as the main centre of interest is, (for me anyway) the wonderful comic cast gathered for this movie. You can't help feeling sorry for Craig, as he shares scenes with such great scene-stealers as Leslie Philips (in his `Doctor' debut as the aptly named Doctor Burke), Irene Handle, Joan Sims and Liz Fraser. The last two (together with Philips) were at the time mainstays of the `Carry On' films and help bring a touch of sauce to the proceedings.

Of course, no mention of the cast could ignore the great James Robinson Justice, once again playing Sir Lancelot Spratt. Though off-screen for quite awhile, his scenes are the most memorable of the movie and, as always, he never fails to make me laugh out loud.

Doctor In Love isn't perfect, for example I found it hard to sit through the song that plays through the opening credits without feeling slightly embarrassed (it's awful!). Also you can't fail to notice that there doesn't seem to be any plot to speak of, more a collection of sketches (there is a romantic interest, played by the very lovely Virginia Maskell of Only Two Can Play fame, but she's introduced pretty late in the movie). But these are minor flaws.

It's true that compared to contemporary comedies, Doctor In Love is obviously from a more innocent age, but if your willing to give it a try, it remains perfect Sunday afternoon viewing.


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