Publicity

 


Story

Dr Frederick Carver (Kenneth Williams) dreams of turning his back on the National Health and setting up a private clinic of his own to cater for his own particular brand of medicine – the kind that pays. 

When an opportunity to establish his own clinic arises, courtesy of private patient Ellen Moore (Joan Sims), Carver sees in young Dr Nookey (Jim Dale) the perfect candidate to take over her late husband’s practice in the Beatific Islands. But Nookey’s not interested.  He’s fallen in love with Goldie Locks (Barbara Windsor), a model who has fallen on hard times, or more specifically a hard surface. 

 

 

A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

1969
Colour

Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Music: Eric Rogers
Certificate A/PG
89 minutes

Gladstone Screwer -
Sid James
Doctor Frederick Carver
Kenneth Williams
Doctor Ernest Stoppidge -
Charles Hawtrey
Doctor James Nookey -
Jim Dale
Goldie Locks -
Barbara Windsor
Matron -
Hattie Jacques

Mrs Moore

-
Joan Sims
Miss Fosdick -
Mr Pullen -
Wilfred Bramble
Male Patient -
Peter Butterworth
Nurse Willing -
Elizabeth Knight
Henry -
Peter Gilmore
Miss Armitage -
Pat Coombs
Mrs Beasley -
Patricia Hayes
Lord Paragon -
William Mervyn
Stout Woman -
Alexandra Dane
Porter -
Harry Locke
Deirdre -
Valerie Leon
Old Lady -
Lucy Griffiths
Night Sister -
Gwendolyn Watts
Out-Patients Sister -
Valerie Van Ost
Patient in Plaster -
Billy Cornelius
Scrubba -
Shakira Baksh
Mr Bean -
Frank Forsyth
Patient -
Bob Todd

 

 

"If you are seriously ill and need to go to hospital, just make sure it isn't the Long Hampton Hospital, as this is where the Carry On team have taken up malpractice.

If it's laughter you're after, however join eminent surgeon Frederick Carver, orderly Screwer and Doctors Stoppidge and Nookey for a prescription of smutty smiles.

It's the perfect tonic you should take as regularly as your funny bone allows.

Where there's a pill, there's a way!"

 

Review

Carry On Again Doctor has little to distinguish it from the other medical Carry Ons.  It is something of a mishmash of ideas with little in the way of a cohesive on-going narrative.  In fact, the film stops halfway through and takes an entirely unexpected, though not unwelcome, change of direction. You would be forgiven for confusing the first half of the film with the earlier Carry On Doctor as once again Jim Dale’s young dashing doctor is victimised by the hospital elders, in the shape of Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques in precisely the same way as in the earlier film.

But let’s not completely devalue the film’s opening.  That the earlier segments in the hospital are similar to Carry On Doctor is high praise indeed.  They’re funny...very funny indeed.  The ongoing plot of Dr Carver’s seduction of Ellen Moore is brilliantly handled by Williams and Sims, Patsy Rowlands is delightful as the squirming Miss Fosdick and Charles Hawtrey gives, as Dr Stoppidge, one of his finest performances.  

But the film really takes off when Nookey returns to Blighty.  The Moore-Nookey cure is a marvel and as punters flock to their door, the increasingly desperate antics of Carver and Stoppidge to get to the bottom of the mysterious potion are hilariously misguided.  Hawtrey, it has to be said, makes for a gruesomely convincing grand dame.  

Sadly, the film ends on something of a duff note, with an unimaginative runaround which only compounds the overall feeling that there’s something not quite finished, not properly thought-out about the whole affair.  That’s not to say Carry On Again Doctor is a bad film, rather that it’s a jumble of ideas all vying for their own place in the limelight.