Carry On Again Doctor

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Carry On Again Doctor
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Original UK quad poster
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Produced by Peter Rogers
Written by Talbot Rothwell
Starring Sid James
Kenneth Williams
Charles Hawtrey
Jim Dale
Joan Sims
Barbara Windsor
Hattie Jacques
Peter Butterworth
Patsy Rowlands
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Alfred Roome
Distributed by Rank Organisation
Release date
August 1969
Running time
86 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £219,000

Carry On Again Doctor is the eighteenth in the series of Carry On films to be made. It was released in 1969 and was the third to feature a medical theme. The film features series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor and Hattie Jacques. This was Jim Dale's last Carry On appearance for 23 years until his return in Carry On Columbus.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Jimmy Nookey (Jim Dale), an accident-prone young doctor, quickly falls in love with a patient named Goldie Locks (Barbara Windsor) at Long Hampton Hospital. With the hospital Matron (Hattie Jacques) and his moody boss Dr. Frederick Carver (Kenneth Williams) watching his every move, Dr. Nookey drinks a fruit punch spiked by jealous Dr. Stoppage (Charles Hawtrey). The drunk Nookey ends up crashing through a window on a hospital trolley having almost gotten into bed with a patient. Goldie leaves Nookey as he is not interested in marriage and Carver and his rich patient Ellen Moore (Joan Sims) dispatch the disgraced Nookey to her medical mission in the Beatific Islands, where is rains for nine months of the year. Nookey discovers Gladstone Screwer (Sid James), the local medicine man has a weight losing serum and quickly returns to England and opens a new surgery with Mrs. Moore, much to the anger of Carver. While Matron joins Dr. Nookey's clinic, Carver and Stoppage plot to try and steal the serum. Stoppage dresses as a female patient to try and steal the serum, but his luck runs out when Nookey catches him in the act. Goldie returns to have the serum as well, much to Nookey's chagrin. Gladstone quickly discovers that Nookey is making a fortune form his serum, and cuts off his supply, delivering the serum in person to get in on the action. Nookey prevaricates, so Gladstone gives him a serum which in fact seems to casuse sex changes! The movie ends with Nookey and Goldie get married and the rest of the Long Hampton Hospital become friends again.

Production notes[edit]

The original script for Carry On Again Doctor raised problems with Rank's legal adviser, who felt it was too similar to an unfilmed 'Doctor' script that Talbot Rothwell, writer of Carry On Again Doctor, had previously submitted to producer Betty Box. Most notably, both scenarios featured the medical mission/slimming potion idea. As Box had not taken up the option on Rothwell's 'Doctor' script, however, it was felt there were no legal problems with the use of those ideas in this film.

Cast[edit]

Wilfred Brambell's character was a non-speaking cameo in an early scene. When he appeared, the theme from Steptoe and Son was played over his scene.

Crew[edit]

  • Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
  • Music – Eric Rogers
  • Production Manager – Jack Swinburne
  • Art Director – John Blezard
  • Editor – Alfred Roome
  • Director of Photography – Ernest Steward
  • Camera Operator – James Bawden
  • Assistant Editor – Jack Gardner
  • Continuity – Susanna Merry
  • Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
  • Assistant Director – Ivor Powell
  • Sound Recordists – Bill Daniels & Ken Barker
  • Hairdresser – Stella Rivers
  • Costume Designer – Anna Duse
  • Dubbing Editor – Colin Miller
  • Producer – Peter Rogers
  • Director – Gerald Thomas

Filming and locations[edit]

  • Filming dates – 17 March-2 May 1969

Interiors:

Exteriors:

  • Maidenhead, where the town hall doubled for the hospital as it previously did in Carry On Doctor.
  • Pinewood Studios. Heatherden Hall, the studio management block was used as the exterior for the Moore-Nookey Clinic
  • Windsor, Berkshire. Location of Dr Nookey's consulting rooms (the same location featured in Carry On Regardless as the Helping Hands Agency and in Carry On Loving as the Wedded Bliss agency).

Bibliography[edit]

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