VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "DOCTOR IN DISTRESS" (1963) (103 min/Color) -- Starring: Dirk Bogarde, James Robertson Justice, Samantha Eggar, Dennis Price, Leo McKern, Mylene Demongeot, Donald Houston, Barbara Murray
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Another great film from the British Invasion which VCI has restored and brought from their vaults.
This movie sees the return, after an absence of six years, of Dirk Bogarde to the role of Doctor Simon Sparrow.
'Doctor In Distress' is my personal favorite of the 'Doctor' series. To be honest, Bogarde is largely wasted in this film; still it is nice to see Simon Sparrow for one final time. The film main emphasis is not placed on the young, bungling medic, but, refreshingly, focuses on the wonderful James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt. It's a joy to see James Robertson Justice take center stage for a change, whether bashfully admitting his childhood nickname of 'Porker' or visiting a health farm; he never fails to raise a smile. It is a real pleasure to see these two fine actors reunited once again.
You do come away with a smile of satisfaction, the supporting cast is a real who's who of British screen acting, with people like Timothy Bateson, John Bluthal, Donald Houston and a nice surprise to see Michael Flanders as the food writer at the health farm.
But for James Robertson Justice, his acting credentials are priceless in the early 60s, simply perfect.
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SPECIAL BONUE FEATURES:
1. Ralph Thomas (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 August 1915 - Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 17 March 2001 - London, England, UK
2. Dirk Bogarde [aka: Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde]
Date of Birth: 28 March 1921 - Hampstead, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 8 May 1999 - Chelsea, London, England, UK
3. James Robertson Justice [aka: James Norval Harald Justice]
Date of Birth: 15 June 1907 - Lewisham, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 2 July 1975 - Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
4. Samantha Eggar [aka: Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar]
Date of Birth: 5 March 1939 - Hampstead, London, England, UK
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 103 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8664 ~ (August 2, 2011)