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Carry on Doctor

Usual unabashed mixture of double meanings, down-to-earth vulgarity, blue jokes about hypodermic syringes, etc., and slapstick situations. This time the Carry On team returns to hospital life for its farcical goings-on.

Usual unabashed mixture of double meanings, down-to-earth vulgarity, blue jokes about hypodermic syringes, etc., and slapstick situations. This time the Carry On team returns to hospital life for its farcical goings-on.

Inevitably, the gags and situations waver in comic impact but the general effect is artless yocks in which audience participation is carried to fullest extent, in that part of the fun is anticipating the verbal and physical jokes.

Added zest is given by the inclusion of Frankie Howerd as a quack ‘mind-over-matter’ doctor who becomes a reluctant patient. Howerd’s brilliantly droll sense of comedy is given plenty of scope.

Among the grotesque patients are Sidney James, very funny as a cheerful malingerer; Bernard Bresslaw, Charles Hawtrey (more subdued than usual) and Peter Butterworth. The hospital staff is equally energetic and resourceful in providing simple-minded yocks, with Kenneth Williams as a supercilious chief physician.

Carry on Doctor

UK

  • Production: Rank. Director Gerald Thomas; Producer Peter Rogers; Screenplay Talbot Rothwell; Camera Alan Hume; Editor Alfred Roome; Music Eric Rogers;; Art Director Cedric Dawe
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 95 MIN.
  • With: Frankie Howerd Sidney James Kenneth Williams Charles Hawtrey Jim Dale Barbara Windsor
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