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Doctor in the House Details


The first of the popular British "Doctor" comedy series, Doctor in the House stars Dirk Bogarde as callow young medical student Simon Sparrow. Beginning his five-year internship at St. Swithin's Teaching Hospital, Sparrow continually runs afoul of head doctor Sir Lancelot Sprat (James Robertson-Justice). His social life is spiced up when Sparrow is taken under the wings of three student repeaters, who've flunked their prelims and are seeking a second chance. Most of the humor is very basic and not a little vulgar, ranging from the character name "Sir Lancelot Sprat" (say it really fast) to the now famous "What's the bleeding time?" routine. The film spawned several theatrical follow-ups, as well as a 1970s TV series; all were based on the semi-satirical novels by Dr. Richard Gordon. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kenneth More Best British Actor 1954 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ralph Thomas Best British Film 1954 Nominee


Dirk Bogarde
as Simon Sparrow
Kenneth More
as Richard Grimsdyke
Kay Kendall
as Isobel
James Robertson Justice
as Sir Lancelot
Donald Houston
as Taffy Evans
Geoffrey Keen
as Dean
George Coulouris
as Briggs
Jean Taylor-Smith
as Sister Virtue
Harry Locke
as Jessup
Ann Gudrun
as May
Joan Sims
as Rigor Mortis
Maureen Pryor
as Mrs. Cooper
Shirley Eaton
as Milly Groaker
Nicholas Phipps
as Magistrate
George Benson
Martin Boddey
Cyril Chamberlain
Ernest Clark
Felix Felton
Lisa Gastoni
Wyndham Goldie
Joan Hickson
Douglas Ives
Eliot Makeham
Anthony Marlowe
Brian Oulton
Amy Veness
as Grandma
Mona Washbourne
Richard Wattis
as Salesman
Fred Griffiths
as Taxi Driver
Richard Wattis
as Salesman
Amy Veness
as Grandma


Ralph Thomas
Betty E. Box
Nicholas Phipps
Bruce Montgomery
Composer (Music Score)
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Gerald Thomas
Carmen Dillon
Art Director
Yvonne Caffin
Costume Designer