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Doctor in Distress (1963)

Dr. Simon Sparrow's (Sir Dirk Bogarde's) love life improves dramatically when the lovely Delia Mallory (Samantha Eggar) is brought into casualty with a sprained ankle. She's relieved at the... See full summary »

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Ralph Thomas

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Nicholas Phipps (screenplay), Ronald Scott Thorn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Dr. Simon Sparrow
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Lancelot Spratt
Samantha Eggar ... Delia Mallory
Barbara Murray ... Iris Marchant - Physiotherapist
Mylène Demongeot ... Sonia / Helga Stronberg (as Mylene Demongeot)
Donald Houston ... Maj. Tommy Ffrench
Jessie Evans Jessie Evans ... Mrs. Parry
Ann Lynn ... Mrs. Whittaker
Leo McKern ... Harry Heilbronn
Rodney Cardiff Rodney Cardiff ... Student Doctor
Dennis Price ... Dr. Blacker
Fenella Fielding ... Passenger on Train
Jill Adams ... Genevieve
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Grimes
Michael Flanders Michael Flanders ... Bradby
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Dr. Simon Sparrow's (Sir Dirk Bogarde's) love life improves dramatically when the lovely Delia Mallory (Samantha Eggar) is brought into casualty with a sprained ankle. She's relieved at the diagnosis, as she is a model, and is as attracted to Sparrow as he is to her. Sparrow finds himself treating Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice), who has taken to sleep-walking. He has also quite suddenly lost his gruff manner, and is being quite nice to everyone. Sparrow quickly diagnoses Spratt's condition: he's fallen in love. The object of his affection is Physiotherapist Iris Merchant (Barbara Murray). Sparrow urges him on, but she also has another suitor in the form of Major Tommy Ffrench (Donald Houston). Spratt tries to hire a private detective to follow her, but when that doesn't work out, he takes to following her. Written by garykmcd

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It's that incurable 'DOCTOR' team in their NEWESTand SAUCIEST! [UK] See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Consultório Indiscreto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Final appearance of Sir Dirk Bogarde (Dr. Simon Sparrow) in the franchise. See more »

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At the railway station, Doctor Sparrow is leaning out of a compartment window talking to a porter and tea lady, then as the train moves off it's suddenly the window of a door that he's leaning out of. See more »

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Followed by Doctor in Trouble (1970) See more »

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Gentle fun
4 December 1999 | by Penfold-13See all my reviews

We have Dirk Bogarde doing his gentle, sensible young doctor character again. He has a polite, gentle romance with Samantha Eggar amidst the medical high jinks.

This is my favourite of the Doctor In The House series, though, because it's the one which gives most screen time to James Robertson Justice as the impossible Professor Lancelot Spratt. He is, for most of the picture, a patient, and given how he behaves when he's a consultant surgeon, it is hardly surprising that he is the most unco-operative and demanding patient in the annals of medical science.

JRJ makes full use of the opportunities offered, playing every scene for all it is worth (but, thank goodness, *only* for what it is worth - he doesn't extravagantly overplay it) and with obvious relish.

The job of the rest of the movie is to provide the canvas for him to display on, so it's not as though it's anything difficult or consequential.

Enjoyable fare for a weekend afternoon.


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