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Doctor In Distress (Rank 1963, Dirk Bogarde, Samantha Eggar)

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Under the steady hand of Ralph Thomas, who directed the other Doctor… films, Dr Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) returns to St Swithins in Doctor in Distress as an experienced doctor but still with a roving eye that settles on Delia Mallory (Samantha Eggar).

Once again, Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice) is also in residence – but this time as a patient – and one who’s fallen for physiotherapist Iris (Barbara Murray). Will Sparrow’s tips help him win her hand? The usual misunderstandings and jokes are all in place in this superior addition to the British comedy canon.

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UK | Rank Films | 102 minutes | 1963

Writer: Nicholas Phipps
Novel: Richard Gordon
Director: Ralph Thomas

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Dirk Bogarde as Dr Simon Sparrow
James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt
Donald Houston as Major Tommy French
Samantha Eggar as Delia Mallory
Barbara Murray as Iris Merchant
Mylène Demongeot as Sonia
Frank Finlay
Marianne Stone
Fenella Fielding
Peter Butterworth
Dennis Price
Ronnie Barker
Jill Adams
Amanda Barrie
Denise Coffey
John Bluthal
Leo McKern
Richard Briers
Reginald Beckwith
Ronnie Stevens
Bill Kerr
Paul Whitsun-Jones
Michael Flanders
Jessie Evans
Timothy Bateson
Johnny Briggs


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