Doctor in the House (1955)



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The first of the popular British "Doctor" comedy series, Doctor in the House stars Dirk Bogarde as callow young medical student Simon Sparrow. Beginning his five-year internship at St. Swithin's Teaching Hospital, Sparrow continually runs afoul of head doctor Sir Lancelot Sprat (James Robertson-Justice). His social life is spiced up when Sparrow is taken under the wings of three student repeaters, who've flunked their prelims and are seeking a second chance. Most of the humor is very basic and not a little vulgar, ranging from the character name "Sir Lancelot Sprat" (say it really fast) to the now famous "What's the bleeding time?" routine. The film spawned several theatrical follow-ups, as well as a 1970s TV series; all were based on the semi-satirical novels by Dr. Richard Gordon. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Doctor in the House, adapted from the book by Richard Gordon, works its way with determined high spirits through the repertoire of medical student jokes.

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One can understand after watching it why the public wanted to see more of the characters and their misadventures.

Aug 13, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Slight comedy based on the antics of a group of naughty Brit medical students at a London hospital.

Aug 15, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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