Carry On Again Doctor
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|Carry On Again Doctor|
Original UK quad poster
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
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.
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.
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.
- Sid James as Gladstone Screwer
- Jim Dale as Doctor James Nookey
- Kenneth Williams as Doctor Frederick Carver
- Charles Hawtrey as Doctor Ernest Stoppidge
- Joan Sims as Ellen Moore
- Barbara Windsor as Goldie Locks (real name Maud Boggins)
- Hattie Jacques as Miss Soaper, the Matron
- Patsy Rowlands as Miss Fosdick
- Peter Butterworth as Shuffling patient
- Wilfrid Brambell as Mr Pullen
- Elizabeth Knight as Nurse Willing
- Peter Gilmore as Henry
- Alexandra Dane as Stout woman
- Pat Coombs as New Matron
- William Mervyn as Lord Paragon
- Patricia Hayes as Mrs Beasley
- Lucy Griffiths as Old lady in headphones
- Harry Locke as Porter
- Gwendolyn Watts as Night sister
- Valerie Leon as Deirdre Filkington-Battermore
- Frank Singuineau as Porter
- Valerie Van Ost as Out-Patients Sister
- Simon Cain as X-ray man
- Elspeth March as Hospital board member
- Valerie Shute as Nurse
- Shakira Baksh as Scrubba
- Ann Lancaster as Miss Armitage
- Frank Forsyth as Mr Bean (uncredited)
- Georgina Simpson as Men's ward nurse (uncredited)
- Eric Rogers as Bandleader (uncredited)
- Donald Bisset as Patient (uncredited)
- Bob Todd as Pump patient (uncredited)
- Heather Emmanuel as Plump native girl (uncredited)
- Yutte Stensgaard as Trolley Nurse (uncredited)
- George Roderick as Waiter (uncrdited)
- Jenny Counsell as Night nurse (uncredited)
- Rupert Evans as Stunt orderly (uncrdited)
- Billy Cornelius as Patient in plaster (uncredited)
- Hugh Futcher as Cab driver (uncredited)
- Faith Kent as Nursing home Matron (uncredited)
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.
- 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
- Filming dates – 17 March-2 May 1969
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
- 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).
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