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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 »


Ralph Thomas


Nicholas Phipps (screenplay), Ronald Scott Thorn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




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


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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The car driven by Samantha Eggar at the end of the film is a Maserati Sebring See more »


In the opening title sequence, ambulance man Peter Butterworth's cap gets blown off by the wind, yet he's wearing it again on arrival at the hospital. See more »


Followed by Doctor in Trouble (1970) See more »

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Dirk Bogarde's Last 'Doctor' Film
29 November 2020 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Bogarde returned one final time to the 'Doctor' series for old time's sake to maintain the box office clout he was otherwise happily squandering on his films with Joseph Losey; and the funniest moment in the film is probably the in-joke reference to Bogarde's previous film when Simon Sparrow stands in front of the huge round mirror "gentleman's gentleman" Barrett polished in 'The Servant' (I wonder were it is now?) and his head appears to be on a platter.

The opening credits reveal that Nicholas Phipps was still one of the scriptwriters (although that's hardly a recommendation); but the script was this time only "by arrangement with Richard Gordon", not based on any of his original novels (although that was never much of a recommendation either). Although prettily photographed in Eastmancolor with a huge cast of familiar faces (the tiny handful that are still alive looking heart-breakingly youthful); the reappearance over the final shot of Norrie Paramor's jaunty music from the opening sequence serves simply to remind one of how one's spirits had initially lifted only to be deflated by the dreary hundred minutes you'd then sat through.

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2 August 1963 (UK) See more »

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Consultório Indiscreto See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.78 : 1
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