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4.0 out of 5 stars "Doctor At Large (1957) ... Dirk Bogarde ... Ralph Thomas (Director) (2011)"
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "DOCTOR AT LARGE" (1957) (98 min/Color) -- Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Shirley Eaton, Derek Farr, Michael Medwin, George Coulouris, Anne Heywood, Lionel Jeffries, Mervyn Johns, Ernest Thesiger

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

VCI has restored and brought...
Published on 12 Aug. 2011 by J. Lovins

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser entry, but still good!
A lesser entry in the 'Doctor' series in my view, but still entertaining all the same, period details, guest stars and story situations all made it a great deal of fun to watch! If you're a fan of British comedy from the 1950's or before, this film should fit the bill nicely! Transfer quality was fine and no problems with delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Doctor At Large (1957) ... Dirk Bogarde ... Ralph Thomas (Director) (2011)", 12 Aug. 2011
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "DOCTOR AT LARGE" (1957) (98 min/Color) -- Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Shirley Eaton, Derek Farr, Michael Medwin, George Coulouris, Anne Heywood, Lionel Jeffries, Mervyn Johns, Ernest Thesiger

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

VCI has restored and brought from their vaults another great film from the British Invasion.

James Robertson Justice is at his acerbic best in this installment, and it's great to see Joy (Muriel Pavlow) make a welcome return.
and the predicaments Dirk Bogarde gets himself into in the rural practitioners are hilarious.

'Doctor At Large' sees the series go back to their basics, with a return to St Swithin's and a reunion with all the main cast of 'Doctor In The House' (with the single exception of Kenneth More).

Without much plot, this is a light film, except that Simon comes up against Benskin (Donald Sinden), his rival at St. Swithins, who gets the position that Sparrow wanted. It's humorous without being riotous.

Check out the scene where Simon and Nan McPherson (Shirley Eaton) stay overnight at an inn. The proprietress puts them on different floors, and when Simon attempts to sneak downstairs into Nan's room, the woman comes out into the hall. "I was looking for the bathroom," he says. "It's on your floor," she says. "The door is marked 'Bathroom.'" Then she sits in the hall, thus thwarting further attempts.

Though not as good as the first (Doctor In The House), but much better than the second,

Doctor In The House was so successful that it spawned not only six sequels, but also a television spin-off.

Richard Gordon: The author of the original books (and of the screenplay here) is on screen hidden behind the anesthetist's mask in the "patient wakes up" scene. Gordon did the job in real life before turning to writing.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1957 Nominated Crystal Globe (Ralph Thomas)

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Commentary with Muriel Pavlow and Donald Sinden
2. Photo Gallery

BIOS:
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. Muriel Pavlow
Date of Birth: 27 June 1921 - Leigh, England, UK

5. Donald Sinden [aka: Donald Alfred Sinden]
Date of Birth: 9 October 1923, Plymouth, Devon, 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: 98 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8662 ~ (August 2, 2011)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Nº 03, 8 Feb. 2012
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Paul Magnussen (Campbell, CA USA) - See all my reviews
Entertaining fun (although it doesn't have much of a plot), and pretty faithful to the book, if you ignore the addition of Muriel Pavlow as the love interest. The usual suspects (such as James Roberton Justice, Shirley Eaton, Michael Medwin and Donald Sinden) all turn in excellent performances.

Turn your brain off and relax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Amusing, 8 Sept. 2013
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The funny events which occur in this film are really amusing. I as medical doctor never found mysell on such unusual situation, but I would love to have shared on, at least in one episode like those.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor at Large, 10 Jan. 2014
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Great fun from start to finish, Vintage slapstick comedy at its best will appeal to all like this type of comedy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser entry, but still good!, 21 April 2015
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J. A. Bradford "JAB review" (Sussex England) - See all my reviews
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A lesser entry in the 'Doctor' series in my view, but still entertaining all the same, period details, guest stars and story situations all made it a great deal of fun to watch! If you're a fan of British comedy from the 1950's or before, this film should fit the bill nicely! Transfer quality was fine and no problems with delivery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 21 Mar. 2015
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Dirk Bogarde seemed unfitted for comedy genries. I bought this title just for my collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Jun. 2015
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All the Dr DVD very good Dirk bogarde and James Robertson justice great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Jun. 2015
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A good film no filth clean entertainment ,no bad or swearing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 10 Aug. 2014
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Humour a little dated but brings back pleasant memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Gordon knew his stuff, 6 Jun. 2015
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Antoher brilliant piece of English humour of the time
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