Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson-Justice) gives his medical students a slating to remember over a patient. The patient is Dr Richard Hare (Michael Craig), a student who has fallen ill with jaundice and is in love with the enticing Night Nurse.
Though a box-office hit in its day, this comedy based on the Richard Gordon novels is even more episodic than others in the long-running series and comes over now as a thin excuse for a series of risqué encounters and double entendres.
Leslie Phillips is impeccable as a philandering doctor finding the country air conducive to consultancies of the canoodling kind, and James Robertson-Justice, Joan Sims, Liz Fraser and Irene Handl are as solid as ever.
The film fails, however, because of Michael Craig, as Phillips’s medical buddy, who is not only no Dirk Bogarde, but also no comedian.
Leslie Phillips passed away on 7 November 2022 after a long illness. He was 98.
Dr Richard Hare
Dr Nicola Barrington
Dr Tony Burke
Sir Lancelot Spratt
Dr Clive Cardew