VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "DOCTOR IN LOVE" (1960) (98 min/Color) -- Starring: Michael Craig, Virginia Maskell, James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Liz Fraser, Irene Handl, Fenella Fielding, Nicholas Parsons, Carole Lesley
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Another VCI restored film from the British Invasion vaults.
No Dirk Bogarde in this one, this is a downer for his many fans of the Doctor Series. This, the third sequel to Doctor In The House, Doctor In Love, sees the temporary absence of Dirk Bogarde's Simon Sparrow (he returned for Doctor In Distress); instead chief medical duties fall to Michael Craig's Doctor Hare, an equally young and inexperienced young Doctor.
Though James Robertson Justice is wonderful, his Lancelot Spratt seems to get better as they go along. His performance in this, as he is about to go under the knife himself, is indescribable, and not to be missed. Priceless comedy! James Robinson Justice, once again playing Sir Lancelot Spratt. Though off-screen for quite awhile, his scenes are the most memorable of the film and, as always, he never fails to make us laugh out loud. James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt is my favorite in the series. Its a shame that his appearances in these films always seem to be quickly and over so soon, wish he had more screen time.
I have all these Doctors' films on DVD ! I have always loved Leslie Philips and he never fails to give a hilarious performance with his ill-planned sexual adventures ! He's much funnier than Dirk Bogarde who played in some of the initial "Doctor" films.
Can't help feeling sorry for Craig, as he shares scenes with such great scene-stealers as Leslie Philips (in his `Doctor' debut as the aptly named Doctor Burke), Irene Handle, Joan Sims and Liz Fraser. The last two (together with Philips) were at the time mainstays of the `Carry On' films and help bring a touch of sauce to the proceedings.
Doctor In Love isn't perfect is obviously from a more innocent age, but if your willing to give it a try, it remains perfect Sunday afternoon viewing with you favorite beverage and snack.
For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Commentary with Leslie Phillips and Liz Fraser
2. Photo Gallery
1. Ralph Thomas (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 August 1915 - Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 17 March 2001 - London, England, UK
2. Michael Craig [aka: Michael Francis Gregson]
Date of Birth: 27 January 1928 - Poona, Maharashtra, India
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. Leslie Phillips
Date of Birth: 20 April 1924 - Tottenham, London, England, UK
5. Liz Fraser [aka: Elizabeth J. Winch]
Date of Birth: 14 August 1930 - Southwark, London, England, UK
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 98 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8625 ~ (August 2, 2011)