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Carry On Again, Doctor [DVD]

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Kenneth Williams , Sidney James , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale, Joan Sims
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Talbot Rothwell
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085ROD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A surgeon sets up a slimming clinic on the basis of a potion from the Beatific Isles, in this 'Carry On' film. Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor and company star.


The title of 1969's Carry On Again Doctor says it all; almost the same cast playing similar characters to their previous year's outing in Carry On Doctor. This one rejoices in the alternative title "Bowels are Ringing". But the enduring popularity of these films owes almost everything to their basic formula and if it occasionally seems a bit cobbled together, all the old favourites are still here.

This time, the setting moves from the National Health Service to the private sector and even stretches as far as the "Beatific Islands" when Jim Dale is exiled to a missionary clinic for his overzealous attention to the female patients--who include Barbara Windsor of course. There, orderly Sid James rules the roost of the clinic with his harem of local women. Trivia addicts can spot Mrs Michael Caine in a brief role as a token dusky maiden. The second half of the Talbot Rothwell script picks up nicely as the characters converge on the private hospital back in England where Dale rakes in the money with a bogus weight loss treatment. Hattie Jacques is in fine form as Matron, Kenneth Williams fascinates with his usual mass of mannerisms and Joan Sims is stately as the Lady Bountiful figure financing most of the shenanigans. It's a tribute to their professionalism that we can still lose ourselves in some of the creakiest old jokes around. --Piers Ford

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Medical Carry On's 18 Nov 2002
Carry On Again Doctor is easily the funniest of the medical Carry On's. There is some structure to the plot and the film being divided into three sections works well as there really feels as though there is a beginning, middle and end of a story. Most of the same actors that were used in Doctor (1967) crop up in this entry with some playing almost identical characters. Jim Dale plays a doctor who is sent out to the Beatific Islands on a medical mission and discovers a special weight-reducing potion. Once back in England he opens a new clinic for women who wish to lose weight.
The cast also includes Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Sid James (who is not introduced until at least half way through the film), Hattie Jaques, yet again reprising her familiar role of the Matron (though plays this more gently in this one) and the bubbly Babara Windsor who quickly catches Jim Dales roving eye.
Carry On Again Doctor on the whole plays very well. Whilst seemingly settling down as a hospital based comedy, the film wildly steers direction and heads off to the Beatific Islands where the sleazy goings on are used to great comic effect from the impeccably timed Sid James who has a great role in this one though is a in a smaller role than usual in a Carry On film. Then the film settles down and sees its last half hour almost encapsulate the feel of a regular T.V sitcom with the weight reducing clinic scenes where the likes of Joan Sims and Charles Hawtrey (hilariously in drag) are staying for full treatment. The ending is a little shoddy as it quickly cuts to the wedding of Jim Dale and Babara Windsor to give the film a happy ending but its so overly rushed it loses its effect quite easily. Still on the whole this ranks as one of my own very favourite Carry On's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE MEDICAL CARRY ON'S 16 Jun 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Although many would beg to differ but I actually find Carry On Again Doctor (1969) to be even better than it's predecessor, Doctor (1967) and perharps is the best of the medical Carry On films. Although it's plot is typically thin it still holds very well. The plot is of a doctor who is sent to the Beatific Islands on a medical mission in which he discovers a slimming potion. The film starts off as looking like it was to be restricted to hospital and it's patients again, but surprisingly there are many turns to the plot. Jim Dale is fantastic as Dr.Nookey, who is typically accident-prone. He also impressivley performs the stunts for the film and does a spectacular job in doing so. Sid James is not introduced to the film until at least half way through, but his essential contribution is effective regardless. Bubbling in the background are all the familiar favourites such as Joan Sims, who is as loveable as ever, the irreplacable, Hattie Jaques as yet again in the role of the matron (although she takes a calmer, subtle approach to this role and is still effective in doing so), the bubbly Barbara Windsor who sparkles in every scene she is in, Charles Hawtrey who is hilarious in drag and finally Patsy Rolands in a small but essential contribution. All the corny jokes are delivered deliciously by these irreplacable actors and are all on top form, although generally the film is a little less manic than ususal but its pleasurable in doing so. The film develops at a leisurley pace and remains consistently amusing. One of my personal favourites to the series, which in my own opinion ranks up with the greats such as Up The Kyber (1968), Cleo (1965), Camping (1969) and Screaming (1966). Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A CARRY ON! 23 Sep 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The third in the series to be given a medical setting is a good one at that although perharps does'nt manage to quite surpass the popularity of any of the previous medical titles - NURSE (1958) and DOCTOR (1967) although is still a good entry at that with this holding quite a number of laughs even though they are - as always - corny and predictable. The trick is the way they're delivered by this team of professionals. Most of the best Carry On players are here which are JIM DALE, JOAN SIMS, KENNETH WILLIAMS, BARBARA WINDSOR, SID JAMES (in a questionably smaller role than usual), CHARLES HAWTREY and HATTIE JAQUES who yet again turns up as the Matron although is less fierce in this entry. The plot is typically wafer thin centered around the discovery of a slimming potion found in the Beatific Islands which is worth a fortune. Unrealistic of course but this is comedy after all and theres lots of fun to be had. The first half of the film looks like settling down as another hospital comedy but then it trails off to the Beatific Islands where SID JAMES is introduced. SID is in a great role here but is given much shorter screen time than usual surprisingly. On the whole a good comedy that is a must for all Carry On fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a 1969 classic 21 Mar 2007
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
is this a sequel to the mush lauded carry on doctor,on some levels it is but in terms of characterisation it isnt,fair enough the same cast return more or less but the story takes the drama from the national health service to the private sector and lords that up instead,what we also get here is missionary work where medics were sent abroad to help poorer countries and medic jim dale is asked to do that after becoming disgraced in england,once abroad he meets a bit of a loose cannon in sid james who gives him the medicine to turn large ladies into slimline ones,clearly that would sell well today in this body mad world,but once jim dale returns and becomes a success there are others such as kenny williams and charles hawtrey along with sid james who never knew the real value of his medicine.

The film is quirky while maintaining more obvious laughs so with all of that in mind carry on again doctor is more than a blinding success,and who can forget the wee outfit that babs wears on the doctors lounge,goodness.
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