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The Doctor Series consists of seven British comedies made between 1954 and 1970, based either on the "Doctor" series of novels written by the physician Richard Gordon, or the characters in them. The series follow the adventures of a group of young doctors at a London hospital, as they try to stay out of trouble while chasing the nurses. The early films featured Dirk Bogarde in the lead as Doctor Sparrow and Donald Sinden as Benskin. Later films centred around Leslie Phillips. In all of them, James Robertson Justice played the imposing chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt. The films later served as inspiration for seven different TV series between 1969 and 1991, totalling 157 episodes.

  • Number of Movies: 7
  • Revenue: -

Featured Cast

  1. Dirk Bogarde

    Dirk Bogarde

    Dr Simon Sparrow, Simon Sparrow, Dr. Simon Sparrow

  2. Leslie Phillips

    Leslie Phillips

    Dr Tony Burke, Dr Gaston Grimsdyke, Doctor Anthony Burke

  3. Michael Craig

    Michael Craig

    Dr Richard Hare

  4. James Robertson Justice

    James Robertson Justice

    Sir Lancelot Spratt, Capt. Hogg

  5. Muriel Pavlow

    Muriel Pavlow

    Dr Joy Gibson, Nurse Joy Gibson

  6. Brenda De Banzie

    Brenda De Banzie

    Muriel Mallet

  7. Harry Secombe

    Harry Secombe

    Llewellyn Wendover

  8. Virginia Maskell

    Virginia Maskell

    Dr Nicola Berrington

  9. Donald Sinden

    Donald Sinden

    Tony Benskin, Dr Tony Benskin

  10. Brigitte Bardot

    Brigitte Bardot

    Hélène Colbert

  11. Robert Morley

    Robert Morley

    Captain George Spratt

  12. Samantha Eggar

    Samantha Eggar

    Delia Mallory

  13. Kenneth More

    Kenneth More

    Richard Grimsdyke

  14. Shirley Anne Field

    Shirley Anne Field

    Nurse Bancroft

Featured Crew

March 23, 1954

The first of the seven "Doctor" films, based on Richard Gordon's novels and released between 1954 and 1970. Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast sports-car driving that constitute 1950s medical training. There is, however, always the looming and formidable figure of chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt to remind them of their real purpose.

July 12, 1955

The second of the seven "Doctor" films, based on Richard Gordon's novels and released between 1954 and 1970. A bachelor doctor goes to sea to escape the boredom of shore practice, but studies the nurses more than medicine, and Brigitte Bardot is around.

July 27, 1957

Losing out to Dr. Bingham (Michael Medwin) in a competition for house surgeon when he offends a member of the board, young Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) finds himself going from post to post, filling in for other physicians. At one distant country post, he is taken aback when he works with a patient whose husband died after Simon treated the man years before. In another hospital, Simon examines a surprisingly mature teen and also tries courting devoted nurse Nan McPherson (Shirley Eaton).

November 15, 1961

Doctors Burke and Hare leave the confines of St Swithins for the world of general practice, stopping off on the way as patients at the Foulness Anti-cold Unit. Hare then takes up a position as junior in a well-healed G.P.'s surgery while Burke continues to sow his doctorial wild oats.

July 7, 1964

"Doctor in Distress" is the fifth of the seven films in the "Doctor" series, and focuses on Sir Lancelot Spratt, Simon Sparrow's old teacher and sometimes nemesis. When the eternal bachelor Sir Lancelot injures his back and falls in love with his physiotherapist Iris Marchant, he becomes very distressed and turns to Simon for help. Simon, who now is a senior doctor at fictional Hampden Cross Hospital and hopelessly in love with aspiring actress Delia, sends him to a nature cure clinic in a vain attempt to help him lose weight, but Sir Lancelot can't get Iris off his mind and has her followed, first by a private investigator and eventually by himself. When he finally proposes, she rejects him and marries an old army major, which distresses Sir Lancelot even more.

March 8, 1966

Doctor in Clover is another 'Doctor' movie, but this time Leslie Phillips is the main doctor in the story, looking for love and romance from the hospital nurses, much to the annoyance of the main Administrator (James Robertson Justice) who wants his doctors to be 100% focussed on the job. Numerous antics follow, with Phillips getting Justice fixed up with the new prim-and-proper Matron (Joan Sims) and his attempted failures to lure the hospital's beauty, the physiotherapist.

June 16, 1970

Dr. Burke is in love with Ophelia but doesn't have time to propose to her as she leaves for a cruise to the Mediterranean. Also on board the cruise ship is an old school chum of Burke's who plays 'Dr.Dare' in a very popular TV series and who women flock to. Burke decides to join the cruise, but is first apprehended as a stowaway, and then becomes the captain's steward. For Burke, trying to talk to Ophelia is a hard enough task, but he meets some funny characters on board, such as a pools winner and a very stubborn captain.

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