Doctor in Clover
|Doctor in Clover|
Original British 1966 quad film poster
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Screenplay by||Jack Davies|
|Based on||Doctor in Clover|
by Richard Gordon
James Robertson Justice
Shirley Anne Field
|Music by||John Scott|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors (UK)|
Continental Distributing (US)
The film was released in the US as Carnaby, MD.
Grimsdyke is sacked from his job as a medical officer at a men's prison, for his misbehaviour with the Governor's daughter, so he enrolls in a refresher course with his old medical tutor Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice), who is determined to make him a successful surgeon.
Grimsdyke discovers that a plum senior medical post is shortly to become vacant, and starts scheming to be considered, instead of his cousin, who has already been unofficially offered the job.
Spratt and the newly appointed hospital matron clash, leading Spratt to 'volunteer' Grimsdyke to romance her and 'soften her up'. But she mistakenly believes Spratt to be her admirer, and many funny and inevitable complications ensue.
At a hospital dance, a 'rejuvenation serum' which Grimsdyke has accidentally injected into Sir Lancelot, causes the latter to run amok at the party and romance the new matron. She decides to resign and a new matron is appointed. But she turns out to be equally opposed to Spratt's ideas of how the hospital should be run.
- Leslie Phillips as Dr Gaston Grimsdyke
- James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt
- Shirley Anne Field as Nurse Bancroft
- John Fraser as Dr Miles Grimsdyke
- Joan Sims as Matron Sweet
- Arthur Haynes as Tarquin Wendover
- Fenella Fielding as Tatiana Rubikov
- Jeremy Lloyd as Lambert Symington
- Noel Purcell as O'Malley
- Robert Hutton as Rock Stewart
- Eric Barker as Professor Halfbeck
- Norman Vaughan as TV Commentator
- Terry Scott as Robert
- Elizabeth Ercy as Jeanine
- Alfie Bass as Flemyng
- Suzan Farmer as Nurse Holliday
- Harry Fowler as Grafton
- Peter Gilmore as the Choreographer
- Bill Kerr as Digger
- Nicky Henson as Salesman
- Justine Lord as New Matron
- Alexandra Bastedo as Nurse at Party
- Lionel Murton as Publicity Man
- Ronnie Stevens as TV Producer
- Wendy Richard as Nurse (with false eyelashes) (uncredited)
- Jack Smethurst as Long-haired Patient (uncredited)
The novel Doctor in Clover was published in 1960. Film rights were bought by the Rank Organisation whose head of production Earl St John announced the film for production in 1961. However it took a number of years for the film to be made. The film was formally announced in 1964, one of a series of comedies that Rank were making at the time (others including Carry on Cleo and Love on the Riviera).
The opening credits include the following acknowledgement: We are grateful for the help and facilities given at Wexham Park Hospital by the staff of the Hospital, Humphreys Ltd. and The Windsor Group Hospital Management Committee.
While the film was shown at its full 101 minutes duration in most other countries, the British Board of Film Classification ordered that the UK cinema version had to be cut down to 97 minutes in order to get an "A" (adult) classification, and that duration has remained in later British video releases.
"The title alone will go a long way towards selling this picture," noted Graham Clarke in Kinematograph Weekly, "and it backs this with a good ration of knockabout fun."
- First advertisement in The Times was on Friday 4 March 1966, page 2, column A, showing it running at Leicester Square Theatre. Found in The Times Digital Archive on 16/05/2013
- Swedish Film Institute: Film facts Doctor in Clover Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Linked 2013-05-16
- I Books Today ! . __ i New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Jan 1960: 28.
- BRITAIN'S SCREEN SCENE: Encouraging Survey, Rank's Dossier -- Footnotes on Three Luminaries By STEPHEN WATTS. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 Apr 1961: 129.
- Pinewood carries on--with £9m Our own Reporter. The Guardian (1959-2003) [London (UK)] 18 Feb 1964: 5.
- BBFC: Doctor in Clover (1965) Linked 2013-05-16
- Kinematograph Weekly vol 585 no 3048, 3 March 1966
- The Times, 31 December 1966, article: Most popular star for third time, page 5, column G. Found in The Times Digital Archive on 11 July 2012.