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Doctor in Distress (1963)

Dr. Simon Sparrow's (Sir Dirk Bogarde's) love life improves dramatically when the lovely Delia Mallory (Samantha Eggar) is brought into casualty with a sprained ankle. She's relieved at the... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Thomas

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Nicholas Phipps (screenplay), Ronald Scott Thorn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Dr. Simon Sparrow
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Lancelot Spratt
Samantha Eggar ... Delia Mallory
Barbara Murray ... Iris Marchant - Physiotherapist
Mylène Demongeot ... Sonia / Helga Stronberg (as Mylene Demongeot)
Donald Houston ... Maj. Tommy Ffrench
Jessie Evans Jessie Evans ... Mrs. Parry
Ann Lynn ... Mrs. Whittaker
Leo McKern ... Harry Heilbronn
Rodney Cardiff Rodney Cardiff ... Student Doctor
Dennis Price ... Dr. Blacker
Fenella Fielding ... Passenger on Train
Jill Adams ... Genevieve
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Grimes
Michael Flanders Michael Flanders ... Bradby
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Dr. Simon Sparrow's (Sir Dirk Bogarde's) love life improves dramatically when the lovely Delia Mallory (Samantha Eggar) is brought into casualty with a sprained ankle. She's relieved at the diagnosis, as she is a model, and is as attracted to Sparrow as he is to her. Sparrow finds himself treating Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice), who has taken to sleep-walking. He has also quite suddenly lost his gruff manner, and is being quite nice to everyone. Sparrow quickly diagnoses Spratt's condition: he's fallen in love. The object of his affection is Physiotherapist Iris Merchant (Barbara Murray). Sparrow urges him on, but she also has another suitor in the form of Major Tommy Ffrench (Donald Houston). Spratt tries to hire a private detective to follow her, but when that doesn't work out, he takes to following her. Written by garykmcd

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It's that incurable 'DOCTOR' team in their NEWESTand SAUCIEST! [UK] See more »

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Opening credits: The characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

At the railway station, Doctor Sparrow is leaning out of a compartment window talking to a porter and tea lady, then as the train moves off it's suddenly the window of a door that he's leaning out of. See more »

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Followed by Doctor in Trouble (1970) See more »

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Emphasis here on Sir Lance!
4 April 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Released in 1963, Doctor in Distress marks the first time in six years that Dirk Bogarde takes the mantle of Simon Sparrow, once a naive medical student and now an experienced doctor with an eye for the ladies. However, the center of attention in this film is Dr. Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice. Lance has fallen madly in love with his physical therapist. Meanwhile, Dr. S has a romance with a model (Samantha Eggar) and then becomes attracted to the woman (Myelene Demongot) who sublets her apartment when she goes to Rome. Spratt turns to Sparrow for advice on how to woo the object of his affections, while he stalks her and then hires a private detective to do the stalking for him. All great fun.

Justice is excellent in a role that he owns; Bogarde gives us a professional, confident, and sophisticated Simon. It was very interesting to watch his performance, since I had just seen the first Doctor movie a day or two earlier, when Sparrow was young and wide-eyed. Bogarde as Sparrow still maintains his gentle quality, which makes for a nice follow-through of the character.

Not the greatest film, but an amusing one.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Consultório Indiscreto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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