The Doctor's Dilemma (film)

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The Doctor's Dilemma
"The Doctor's Dilemma" (1958).jpg
U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Produced by Anatole de Grunwald
Written by Anatole de Grunwald
Based on play by George Bernard Shaw
Starring Leslie Caron
Dirk Bogarde
Alastair Sim
Robert Morley
Terence Alexander
Music by Joseph Kosma
Cinematography Robert Krasker
Edited by Gordon Hales
Distributed by MGM
Release date
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $576,000[1]
Box office $725,000[1]

The Doctor's Dilemma is a 1958 British comedy drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Alastair Sim, Robert Morley and Terence Alexander. It is based on the 1906 play The Doctor's Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw.[2]


Gabriel Pascal announced in 1946 he would make the film for Alexander Korda and starring Deborah Kerr.[3] However it was not made.

Anatole de Grunwald and Anthony Asquith had been developing a film about T.E. Lawrence to star Dirk Bogarde which was cancelled at the last minute. This film was offered to Bogarde as an alternative.[4]


The film was a success in the US but not Britain. Bogarde later theorised this may have been due to the fact audiences were annoyed to discover the film was not one of the "Doctor" film series.[4]

But according to MGM records, the film only earned $275,000 in the US and Canada and $450,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $299,000.[1]



  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study 
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | The DOCTOR'S DILEMMA (1958)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  3. ^ BUSY DAYS IN LONDON: Film Studios Move Into High Gear, With Full Schedule of Pictures Under Way Films Coming Up In Father's Footsteps Notes in Brief By C.A. LEJEUNE. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Aug 1946: 51.
  4. ^ a b Margarita Landazuri, 'The Doctor's Dilemma', Turner Classic Movies accessed 26 June 2012

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