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Doctor in the House

A topdraw British comedy, Doctor in the House is bright, diverting entertainment, intelligently scripted [from an adaptation of his own novel by Richard Gordon], and warmly played.

A topdraw British comedy, Doctor in the House is bright, diverting entertainment, intelligently scripted [from an adaptation of his own novel by Richard Gordon], and warmly played.

Background to the story is the medical school of a London hospital. Within 92 minutes, the film spans the five years in the life of a student group.

The new recruit to the school is Dirk Bogarde, who is taken under the protective wing of three old-timers who had all failed their preliminary exams. Kenneth More, Donald Sinden and Donald Houston make up a contrasted quartet who seem to have ideas on most subjects but not how to qualify as a medico.

Much of the comedy incident has been clearly contrived but it is nonetheless effective, particularly in the scenes featuring James Robertson Justice as a distinguished surgeon and More.

Doctor in the House

UK

  • Production: Rank. Director Ralph Thomas; Producer Betty E. Box; Screenplay Nicholas Phipps; Camera Ernest Steward; Editor Gerald Thomas; Music Bruce Montgomery; Art Director Carmen Dillon
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: Dirk Bogarde Muriel Pavlow Kenneth More Donald Sinden Kay Kendall James Robertson Justice
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