Carry On Again Doctor
Carry On Again Doctor is a 1969 British comedy film, the 18th release in the series of 31 Carry On films (1958–1992). It was released in December 1969 and was the third to feature a medical theme. The film features series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor and Hattie Jacques. This was Jim Dale's last Carry On appearance for 23 years until his return in Carry On Columbus. It also marks the debut of Patsy Rowlands to the series in her first of 9 appearances.
|Carry On Again Doctor|
Original UK quad poster by Renato Fratini
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
|2 December 1969|
At the Long Hampton Hospital, Dr Jimmy Nookey (Jim Dale) seems to attract trouble, beginning with an incident in the women's washroom which he'd mistakenly entered, frightening the highly strung Miss Armitage out of her senses. Nookey's carefree manner isn't to everyone's liking at the hospital, with Dr. Stoppidge (Charles Hawtrey) wanting Nookey sacked for the washroom incident. Accident-prone Nookey then quickly falls in love with a film star patient named Goldie Locks (Barbara Windsor). With the hospital Matron (Hattie Jacques) and his moody boss Dr. Frederick Carver (Kenneth Williams) watching his every move, Dr. Nookey drinks a fruit punch spiked by jealous Dr. Stoppidge (Charles Hawtrey) at the staff party. The drunk Nookey ends up crashing through a window on a hospital trolley, after he had almost got into bed with a patient. Goldie leaves Nookey, as the latter is not interested in marriage. Meanwhile, Carver and his rich patient Ellen Moore (Joan Sims) dispatch the disgraced Nookey to Moore's medical mission in the Beatific Islands, where it rains for nine months of the year. Nookey discovers Gladstone Screwer (Sid James), the local medicine man, who has a weight-loss serum. Nookey soon returns to England and opens a new surgery with Mrs. Moore, much to the anger of Carver. While Matron joins Dr. Nookey's clinic, Carver and Stoppidge plot to try to steal the serum. Stoppidge dresses as a female patient to effect the theft, but his luck runs out when Nookey catches him in the act. Goldie returns to have the serum as well, much to Nookey's chagrin. Gladstone quickly discovers that Nookey is making a fortune from his serum, and cuts off his supply to deliver the serum in person and get in on the action. Nookey prevaricates, so Gladstone gives him a serum which in fact seems to cause sex changes! The movie ends with Nookey and Goldie getting married and the rest of the staff of the Long Hampton Hospital becoming friends again.
The original script for Carry On Again Doctor raised problems with Rank's legal adviser, who felt it was too similar to an unfilmed 'Doctor' script that Talbot Rothwell, writer of Carry On Again Doctor, had previously submitted to producer Betty Box. Most notably, both scenarios featured the medical mission/slimming potion idea. As Box had not taken up the option on Rothwell's 'Doctor' script, however, it was felt there were no legal problems with the use of those ideas in this film.
- Sid James as Gladstone Screwer
- Jim Dale as Doctor Jimmy Nookey
- Kenneth Williams as Doctor Frederick Carver
- Charles Hawtrey as Doctor Ernest Stoppidge
- Joan Sims as Ellen Moore
- Barbara Windsor as Goldie Locks (real name Maud Boggins)
- Hattie Jacques as Miss Soaper, the Matron
- Patsy Rowlands as Miss Fosdick
- Peter Butterworth as Shuffling patient
- Wilfrid Brambell as Mr Pullen
- Elizabeth Knight as Nurse Willing
- Peter Gilmore as Henry
- Alexandra Dane as Stout woman
- Pat Coombs as New Matron
- William Mervyn as Lord Paragon
- Patricia Hayes as Mrs Beasley
- Lucy Griffiths as Old lady in headphones
- Harry Locke as Porter
- Gwendolyn Watts as Night sister
- Valerie Leon as Deirdre Filkington-Battermore
- Frank Singuineau as Porter
- Valerie Van Ost as Out-Patients Sister
- Simon Cain as X-ray man
- Elspeth March as Hospital board member
- Valerie Shute as Nurse
- Shakira Baksh as Scrubba
- Ann Lancaster as Miss Armitage
- Frank Forsyth as Mr Bean (uncredited)
- Georgina Simpson as Men's ward nurse (uncredited)
- Eric Rogers as Bandleader (uncredited)
- Donald Bisset as Patient (uncredited)
- Bob Todd as Pump patient (uncredited)
- Heather Emmanuel as Plump native girl (uncredited)
- Yutte Stensgaard as Trolley Nurse (uncredited)
- George Roderick as Waiter (uncredited)
- Jenny Counsell as Night nurse (uncredited)
- Rupert Evans as Stunt orderly (uncredited)
- Billy Cornelius as Patient in plaster (uncredited)
- Hugh Futcher as Cab driver (uncredited)
- Faith Kent as Nursing home Matron (uncredited)
Wilfred Brambell's character was a non-speaking cameo in an early scene. When he appeared, the theme from Steptoe and Son was played over his scene.
- Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
- Music – Eric Rogers
- Production Manager – Jack Swinburne
- Art Director – John Blezard
- Editor – Alfred Roome
- Director of Photography – Ernest Steward
- Camera Operator – James Bawden
- Assistant Editor – Jack Gardner
- Continuity – Susanna Merry
- Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
- Assistant Director – Ivor Powell
- Sound Recordists – Bill Daniels & Ken Barker
- Hairdresser – Stella Rivers
- Costume Designer – Anna Duse
- Dubbing Editor – Colin Miller
- Producer – Peter Rogers
- Director – Gerald Thomas
Filming and locations
- Filming dates – 17 March-2 May 1969
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
- Maidenhead, where the town hall doubled for the hospital as it previously did in Carry On Doctor.
- Pinewood Studios. Heatherden Hall, the studio management block was used as the exterior for the Moore-Nookey Clinic
- Windsor, Berkshire. Location of Dr Nookey's consulting rooms (the same location featured in Carry On Regardless as the Helping Hands Agency and in Carry On Loving as the Wedded Bliss agency).
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