Carry On Doctor
|Carry On Doctor|
American Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Narrated by||Patrick Allen|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation (UK)
American International Pictures (USA)
Carry On Doctor (1967) is the fifteenth in the series of Carry On films to be made. It is the second in the series to have a medical theme. Frankie Howerd makes the first of his two appearances in the film series and stars alongside regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Peter Butterworth, and Bernard Bresslaw. Hattie Jacques returns for the first time since Carry On Cabby four years earlier, while Barbara Windsor returns after her debut in Carry On Spying three years earlier. Carry On Doctor marked Anita Harris's second and final appearance in the series.
Francis Bigger (Howerd) is a charlatan faith healer, convinced that "mind over matter" is more effective than medical treatment. During a lecture, he stumbles offstage and is admitted to the local hospital. In hospital, he incessantly groans and whines about being "maltreated", demanding better treatment than the other, eccentric patients. These include: bedridden layabout Charlie Roper (James) who shams illnesses to stay in hospital; Ken Biddle (Bresslaw) who makes frequent trips to the ladies' ward to flirt with his love interest, Mavis Winkle (Dilys Laye); and Mr Barron (Hawtrey) who seems to be suffering sympathy pains while his wife awaits the birth of their baby. While being treated, Bigger meets two very different doctors. Clumsy yet charming Dr Kilmore (Dale) is popular with the patients and loved from afar by the beautiful Nurse Clark (Harris) while hospital registrar Dr Tinkle (Kenneth Williams) is universally detested, as is his battleaxe Matron (Jacques), who harbours an unrequited love for him.
After Bigger's arrival, novice nurse Sandra May (Windsor), arrives at the hospital with her intention to declare her (questionable) love for Tinkle, and enters his room, violating hospital rules that female staff are not permitted in the male quarters. Matron and Kilmore burst in on her declarations of love, which are cruelly rebuffed by Tinkle. Matron throws Nurse May out, and she leaves while tearfully announcing she'd rather die than live without Tinkle. Dr Tinkle fears for his position after this incident, and contrives with Matron to get rid of Kilmore and Sandra May, lest they reveal the truth.
Shortly after, Sandra May climbs on to the roof of the nurses' home to sunbathe in her bikini top. Dr Kilmore and Nurse Clark assume she is going to throw herself off the roof in despair after Tinkle's rejection. Kilmore rushes to save her and climbs on to the roof. He realises she is sunbathing and prepares to leave, but Sandra assumes to her horror he is leering over her, and shrieks in fear. Her screams attract attention and soon the entire hospital staff and townspeople flock to watch. Nurse Clark attempts to help Kilmore before he falls off, but he accidentally tears her skirt off, leaving her in her underwear and stockings. Kilmore crashes through a window to safety, but lands in a bath ... with a nurse in it, who assumes he is attacking her. His good reputation is destroyed among everyone except his patients.
Dr Kilmore is given a hearing with the hospital governor, but Matron and Tinkle deny his revelation of Sandra May's fight with Tinkle. As Sandra May has left the hospital, Kilmore has no proof to support him and is forced to resign. Nurse Clark reports the treachery of Tinkle and Matron to the patients and together they decide to exact revenge upon the pair for what they have done.The patients stage a nocturnal mutiny - their first victim is Sister Hoggett, whom the female patients overpower and leave bound and gagged in a linen cupboard, incapacitating her from alerting the orderlies. The male patients take care of Tinkle while the females take care of Matron. The ladies manage to get Matron to confess by torturing her with a blanket bath while the men get Tinkle to confess by threatening to perform an operation on him since their previous attempt to give him an icy cold bath failed. The next day, Dr Kilmore is appointed the new hospital registrar while Tinkle is reduced to a simple doctor. Mr Barron, now fully recovered and cured, and his wife finally have their baby and Bigger and his newly wedded wife Chloe (Sims) bicker as they leave the hospital. However, on their way out, Bigger deliberately falls on the steps and injures his back again to avoid anymore difficulties with his wife and is brought back to the hospital.
Cast and Crew
- Frankie Howerd as Francis Bigger
- Kenneth Williams as Doctor Kenneth Tinkle
- Sid James as Charlie Roper
- Charles Hawtrey as Mr Barron
- Jim Dale as Doctor Jim Kilmore
- Hattie Jacques as Matron
- Peter Butterworth as Mr Smith
- Bernard Bresslaw as Ken Biddle
- Barbara Windsor as Nurse Sandra May
- Joan Sims as Chloe Gibson
- Anita Harris as Nurse Clarke
- June Jago as Sister Hoggett
- Derek Francis as Sir Edmund Francis
- Dandy Nichols as Mrs Roper
- Peter Jones as Chaplain
- Deryck Guyler as Surgeon Hardcastle
- Gwendolyn Watts as Mrs Barron
- Dilys Laye as Mavis Winkle
- Peter Gilmore as Henry
- Harry Locke as Sam
- Marianne Stone as Mum
- Jean St. Clair as Mrs Smith
- Valerie Van Ost as Nurse Parkin
- Julian Orchard as Fred
- Brian Wilde as Cox & Carter man
- Lucy Griffiths as Miss Morrison
- Pat Coombs as Patient
- Gertan Klauber as Wash orderly
- Julian Holloway as Simmons
- Jenny White as Nurse in bath
- Helen Ford as Nurses Home nurse
- Gordon Rollings as Night porter
- Simon Cain as Tea orderly
- Cheryl Molineaux as Women's ward nurse
- Alexandra Dane as Female instructor
- Bart Allison as Granddad
- Jane Murdoch as Nurse
- Stephen Garlick as Small boy
- Patrick Allen as Narrator
- Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
- Music – Eric Rogers
- Production Manager – Jack Swinburne
- Art Director – Cedric Dawe
- Editor – Alfred Roome
- Director of Photography – Alan Hume
- Assistant Editor – Jack Gardner
- Continuity – Joy Mercer
- Assistant Director – Terry Clegg
- Camera Operator – Jim Bawden
- Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
- Sound Recordists – Dudley Messenger & Ken Barker
- Hairdressing – Stella Rivers
- Dubbing Editor – David Campling
- Costume Designer – Yvonne Caffin
- Title Sketches – Larry
- Producer – Peter Rogers
- Director – Gerald Thomas
Filming and locations
- Filming dates – 11 September-20 October 1967
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
- Maidenhead, where the Town Hall doubled for the hospital
- Masonic Hall, Uxbridge
- Westbourne Street, London WC2
The film was the third biggest general release hit at the British box office in 1968.
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