- Actors: Frankie Howerd, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale
- 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
- Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 17 Feb. 2003
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000085ROC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Carry On Doctor [DVD] 
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The 1967 film, Carry On Doctor, was produced Peter Rogers and directed by Gerald Thomas. It forms part of the much-loved "Carry On" series and stars the regular gang from these hilarious films. This special edition DVD features exclusive extra footage, a photo gallery with captions, a theatrical trailer, and film trivia notes.
Bedpan humour rules in Carry On Doctor, the vintage 1968 offering from gang, assisted by guest star Frankie Howerd as bogus faith healer Francis Bigger. Hospitals, of course, always provided the Carry On producers with plenty of material. Today, these comedies induce a twinge of serious nostalgia for the great days of the National Health Service when Matron (Hattie Jacques, naturally) ran the hospital as if it was a house of correction, medical professionals were idolised as if they were all Doctor Kildare and Accident and Emergency Departments were deserted oases of calm. But even if you aren't interested in a history lesson, Talbot Rothwell's script contains some immortal dialogue, particularly when Matron loosens her stays. "You may not realise it but I was once a weak man", says Kenneth Williams' terrified Doctor Tinkle to Hattie Jacques. "Once a week's enough for any man", she purrs back. Other highlights include Joan Sims, excellent as Frankie Howerd's deaf, bespectacled sidekick, Charles Hawtrey suffering from a phantom pregnancy, 1960s singer Anita Harris in a rare film role, and Barbara Windsor at her most irrepressible as nurse Sandra May. --Piers FordSee all Product description
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Barbara Windsor creates the usual 'male mayhem' in the film and Bernard Bresslaw's character plays a large part in linking the plot of the film together. We don't get to see a lot of Peter Butterworth or Charles Hawtrey this time around but the scenes in which they do appear are typical of the funny moments both are renowned for. Sid James (who had not long had a heart attack when filming began) spends most of his on screen time in bed here but is no less funny. Add to all this brilliant performances by Hattie Jacques as the amourous Matron with a thing for Kenneth Williams as 'Dr Tinkle' and Joan Sims as the hard of hearing sidekick to Frankie's character and you have a British comedy classic.
That this DVD also includes a plethora of extra material to delight the Carry On collector in the shape of a collectible colour booklet, 'The Baron Outlook' episode from the spin-off 'Carry On Laughing' ITV television series, a stills gallery and the aforementioned audio commentary version featuring Jim Dale and you would be a fool not to buy this.
Great value and plenty of laughs.
The long-running Carry On movies were bawdy, low-comedy, good-natured madhouses that featured a repertory company of comics we came to recognize instantly. Here, the company is made up of Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Hattie Jacques, Sid James, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Barbara Windsor and Bernard Bresslaw, among others. They play the patients, the doctors and the nurses at Finisham Hospital. If you relish jokes about bedpans and hernias, where any possible activity below the waist will wind up as corny, corny jokes or wheezing double entendres, Finisham is the place to be. Says Dr. Kilmore (Jim Dale) to Francis Bigger, "Just as I thought. You fell on your coccyx." "I did not," says Bigger, "I fell on my back." "Your coccyx is at the base of the spine," points out Dr. Kilmore. Says Bigger, "Well I've never heard it called that before."
A Carry On hospital movie always has lots of nubile nurses assisting the longing denizens of the male ward. "Nurse, I dreamt about you last night," says a hobbled Ken Biddle (Bernard Bresslaw) to the stacked Nurse Clarke (Anita Harris). "Did you?" she asks? "No," Biddle says, "you wouldn't let me." And of course we have to deal with the Matron, a large woman more indomitable than a battleship, who knows how to keep any male quivering at the thought of one of her enemas or her ice baths. Has a matron ever been played as perfectly as Hattie Jacques? Her matrons always know what they want, and in this movie, Matron wants Dr. Kenneth Tinkle (Kenneth Williams), the hospital's chief physician. "Matron," Dr. Tinkle says, "you may not realize it but I was once a weak man!" "Doctor," says Matron, "once a week is enough for any man!"
Who cares what the plot is when we have lines like these? We even have Charles Hawtrey who, in film as well as in life, raised mincing about to an art form, playing a father-to-be suffering from false pregnancy symptoms. It's a small, unlikely and vivid bit. The whole movie is a funny, gently off-color and totally innocent experience...such as the small boy who swallowed half a crown and was taken to hospital. Two days later the boy's mum asks the doctor, "How's he doing?" "Sorry, missus," the doctor says, "there's still no change."
The Carlton Region Two DVD of Carry On Doctor has a fine picture and several extras. The best is the film's commentary by Jim Dale. He comes across as a nice guy, talking about people he enjoyed working with. For the last few years, as well as having great success on Broadway, Dale has been doing the acclaimed audio books for the U. S. version Harry Potter books.
And, of course, none of that dreary political correctness that has brought modern-day UK to its knees.
For all that Britain was a kinder, nicer place in the 60s and 70s. This one is as many are set in a hospital with a group of bumbling doctors, nurses and irrepressible patients. A sample of the humour: Biddle: Nurse I dreamt about you last night.
Nurse Clarke: Did you?
Biddle: No, you wouldn't let me.
Dr James Kilmore: Just as I thought. You fell on your coccyx.
Francis Bigger: I did not. I fell on my back.
Dr James Kilmore: Your coccyx is at the base of the spine.
Francis Bigger: Well I've never heard it called that before.
Highlights include the rooftop bathing scene with the quirky and cute Babs Windsor and the patients rebellion at the end seeing Matron (Hatti Jaques) and the hated Dr Tinkle (Kenneth Williams)
get their commupance for their plot against the well liked Dr Kilmore (Jim Dale).
Once you see this one you will keep coming up for more
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