One of the funniest movies from the 'Doctor' series.
This one opens with a scene that will have you in stitches immediately as it opens with Peter Butterworth as an Ambulance driver giving an hilarious performance!
Many other names in this give outstanding performances too - among the ones in particular are; Donald Houston, James Robertson Justice, Leo McKern, Finella Fielding, the aforementioned, Peter Butterworth and Jessie Evans - one of Britain's finest character actresses. Jessie's scenes are all too short - oh but how memorable and funny they are! The one in the Hospital bed is particularly rib-tickling, and she consequently steals the whole show at that point. James Robertson Justice is as 'feisty' as ever. (sadly, none of these great actors can ever be replaced...)
Other outstandingly funny moments include Finella Fielding as a rather 'cranky' and uptight spinster-ish lady on a train that will have you feeling your funny bones in minutes too!
Also has a guest appearance of Ann Lynn in a particularly sad and touching scene within this kind of comedy, as a rather 'tragic' figure (but beautiful as always) who doesn't have long to live, and has a neglecting husband to make things even worse. Both she and her scenes seem distinctly out of place here - yet her final scene is simply captivating, and will delight fans.
There's another guest appearance in Dennis Price (still looking good before his personal problems took their toll on his image) as a rather 'racy' boss who's involved with a young and rather 'saucy' Amanda Barrie!
Includes so many numerous other familiar faces you will lose count!
A great movie at this ridiculously low price!
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.
For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review
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)
on 21 February 2016
Margaret Rutherford. Alistair Sim. Sylvia Sims. Victor Mature. None of whom are in this talkie, but that was the level of sheer acting genius we simply got far too used to back in the day. Nowadays, there is, by any stretch of the over-imagination, no equal to any of them.
Benedict Crumerband? ( I genuinely can neither type nor pronounce his name), Craig Bond? Ant and Dec? I think not.
Doctor in Distress is directed by Ralph Thomas and adapted to screenplay by Nicholas Phipps and Ronald Scott Thorn from the Doctor series of characters that feature in the novels written by Richard Gordon. It stars Dirk Bogarde, James Robertson Justice, Samantha Eggar, Donald Houston, Barbara Murray and Mylène Demongeot. Music is by Norrie Paramor and cinematography by Ernest Steward.
Sir Lancelot Spratt (Justice) injures his back and finds himself a patient at his own hospital. Falling in love with his physiotherapist Iris Marchant (Murray), Spratt turns to senior doctor Simon Sparrow (Bogarde) for some lady wooing advice when Iris blows him off. But Simon has his own matters of the heart to contend with, his relationship with aspiring actress Delia Mallory (Eggar) is about to be challenged by a acting assignment in Italy.
The fifth of seven "Doctor" movies, Distress sees Bogarde return after missing part four of the series. The truth is that as a series it was never high end comedy anyway, more a case of solid light entertainment and a chance to spend some time in the company of some fine British actors. The Box Office take in the UK was as usual very healthy, but as amiable as it all is, it feels tired, like an auto-pilot production, where really there's only enough good material to have filled out an extended TV episode (Spratt trying to lose weight and following Iris when he learns another man is in the frame for her affections).
The makers try to invigorate this instalment by shifting the focus from Bogarde's Dr. Sparrow to Justice's irascible Spratt. Which while it undoubtedly is no bad thing having more of Justice's bluster to enjoy, the film wastes Bogarde (who would not return for parts six and seven) and the central joke just isn't strong enough to carry a running time of an hour and forty minutes! The girls are lovely and sexy (Murray impressive), but in the case of Eggar and Demongeot they are short changed by a screenplay that asks practically nothing of them.
Is it a good afternoon by the fire movie? Yes, absolutely, the cast (and the ream of cameos by notable British stars of film and TV) ensure that is the case. But don't be surprised if you find yourself looking at your watch after the hour mark has passed. 6.5/10
on 24 January 2014
I have to aggree with most of the reviewers who liked this film - this is a charming comedy.As one reviewer said - it has the values of the 'swinging' 1960's. I was only in short pants(junior school) when this film came out in cinemas - but I too remember the rise of the Mini car , Mini skirt ,and girls with Pop music hairstyles - all featured in this film.This is the year of Dr.No ( James Bond) , The Avengers (TV series B/W), The Beatles 'She Loves You ,Yeah,Yeah,Yeah,' and the Rolling Stones 'Satisfaction'.These influences show in the brighter colours , lighter humour and young supporting cast of the film.Dirk Bogarde is better than ever as Dr.Sparroiw and Samantha Eggar has a smart modern flat near Regents Park,London.Outdoor shots of London are fun too. Highly recommended .