Doctor in Love
|Doctor in Love|
Original British 1960 quad film poster
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Screenplay by||Nicholas Phipps|
|Based on||Doctor in Love
by Richard Gordon
|Starring||James Robertson Justice
|Music by||Bruce Montgomery|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Governor Films (US)
Doctor in Love is a 1960 British comedy film, the fourth of the seven films in the Doctor series, starring James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt and Michael Craig as Dr Richard Hare. This was the first film in the series not to feature Dirk Bogarde, although he did return for the next film in the series Doctor in Distress.
Dr Richard Hare is a recently graduated medical intern at St Swithins Hospital. When his new romantic interest, nurse Sally Nightingale, suddenly leaves the hospital, he is devastated. He also leaves after being offered a job in private practice. But when his senior partner, Dr Cardew, has to visit California for a few months, Hare is left in charge. Dr Nicola Barrington joins the practice and Hare is suddenly in love again.
The romance doesn't go well, especially when Sally re-appears and takes the job of practice secretary. Nicola is hurt and stalks off. She is replaced by Dr Tony Burke who proceeds to airily order expensive equipment that the practice cannot afford.
Hare struggles through various comedic and other complications, mainly steming from Burke's amorous attentions to female patients.
After enlisting Sir Lancelot Spratt's assistance to save a young dying boy, he diagnoses Spratt with appendicitis and decides to operate, despite Spratt's loud objections. He objects even more when Dr Burke fills in at the last moment as the anaesthetist. Despite Spratt's vociforous protestations, the operation is a success.
Hare in reunited with Nicola and returns to St Swithins.
- James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt
- Michael Craig as Dr. Richard Hare
- Leslie Phillips as Dr. Tony Burke
- Joan Sims as Dawn
- Liz Fraser as Leonora
- Virginia Maskell as Dr. Barrington
- Carole Lesley as Kitten Strudwick
- Reginald Beckwith as Wildewinde
- Nicholas Phipps as Dr. Clive Cardew
- Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Spratt
- Irene Handl as Professor MacRitchie
- Fenella Fielding as Mrs. Tadwich
- Nicholas Parsons as Dr. Hinxman
- Moira Redmond as Sally Nightingale
- Ronnie Stevens as Harold Green
- Michael Ward as Dr. Flower
- John Le Mesurier as Dr. Mincing
- Meredith Edwards as Father
- Esma Cannon as Raffia Lady (uncredited)
- Patrick Cargill as Car Salesman (uncredited)
- Bill Fraser as Police Sergeant (uncredited)
- Joan Hickson as Nurse (uncredited)
- John Junkin as Policeman (uncredited)
- Rosalind Knight as Doctor (uncredited)
- Roland Curram as Student Doctor (uncredited)
- Sheila Hancock as Librarian (uncredited)
- Robin Ray as Doctor (uncredited)
- Norman Rossington as Doorman (uncredited)
- Peter Sallis as Love-struck Patient (uncredited)
- Marianne Stone as Nurse (uncredited)
- Jimmy Thompson as Doctor (uncredited)
- Sally Douglas as Stripper (uncredited)
- Angela Browne as Susan (uncredited)
Dirk Bogarde did not want to make any more "doctor" films, so the filmmakers cast Michael Craig and Leslie Phillips as young doctors. Producer Betty Box later said the entire cast cost as much as Bogarde's current fee at that time.
She says "we all developed an affection for Doctor in Love. It was a gay, happy comedy which brought us into contact with some fine fresh talents."
The film features a visit to a strip tease club.
The film was the most popular movie at the British box office in 1960. Betty Box claimed it earned more than Doctor at Large. "We felt we'd pushed our luck to the nth degree and should now forget about doctors and medical students," she said. However three more films in the series would be made.
- ""Doctor In Love"". The Australian Women's Weekly. 28, ([?]). Australia, Australia. 9 November 1960. p. 63. Retrieved 24 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
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- "The Bare Facts About Strip Tease.". Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 - 1970). Bourke, NSW: National Library of Australia. 3 November 1961. p. 4. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
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