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All Creatures Great and Small (1975)

The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.


Claude Whatham


Hugh Whitemore (screenplay), James Herriot (book)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Bruce ... Miss Harbottle
Christine Buckley Christine Buckley ... Mrs. Hall
John Collin John Collin ... Mr. Alderson
Jane Collins Jane Collins ... Connie
Fred Feast ... Farmer In Cinema
Glynne Geldart Glynne Geldart ... Joyce
Harold Goodwin ... Dinsdale's Uncle
Lisa Harrow ... Helen
Anthony Hopkins ... Siegfried
Freddie Jones ... Cranford
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs. Seaton
T.P. McKenna ... Soames
John Nettleton ... Head Waiter
Daphne Oxenford Daphne Oxenford ... Mrs. Pumphrey
Bert Palmer Bert Palmer ... Mr. Dean (as Burt Palmer)


The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

4 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Creatures Great and Small (#24.3) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During the "Lambeth Walk" dancehall sequence, several male extras can be seen sitting in the background wearing jeans, t-shirts and with long hair. The film is set in 1937. See more »


[first lines]
[James Herriot rings the doorbell]
Mrs. Hall: [opening door] Yes?
James Herriot: [removing his hat] Good afternoon, my name's Herriot.
James Herriot: ...Well, I belive Mr. Farnon is expecting me.
Mrs. Hall: Surgery is from six to seven.
James Herriot: Oh no, no, he asked me for tea.
Mrs. Hall: Did he now?
James Herriot: Well, I'm applying for the job, you see. Mr. Farnon's new assistant.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: YORKSHIRE 1937 See more »


Remade as All Creatures Great and Small (1978) See more »


Who's Been Polishing The Sun?
Written by Noel Gay
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It shouldn't happen to a vet
21 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This television movie was very much the precursor to the very successful BBC television series.

Simon Ward plays young James Herriot as he begins a job in the Yorkshire countryside in the veterinary practice of the irascible Siegfried Farnon (Anthony Hopkins.)

Siegfried tends to give him conflicting advice as James tackles household pets and farm animals. Some of them are not happy with the young and inexperienced upstart.

James also finds romance with Helen as he tries to woo her, unsuccessfully at first.

It is an episodic film and condensed. Some of the characters are underused. Tristan Farnon is very much relegated to the background.

Simon Ward does well as the nice enough vet but Hopkins steals the film.

It is an appealing movie but nowhere near as good as the television series which was outstanding.

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