Running Time - 94m Colour Certificate - A Budget - £214,000 UK Release - December 1967 Shot - 11 September 1967 - 20 October 1967
Foreign Titles Germany - Go Ahead Doctor Greece - Doctors for All Jobs Belgium - Nurses In Head Norway - Up with the Temperature Poland - Doctor Get to Work Again Spain - Carry On In Hospital
Valerie Van Ost
Jean St Claire
Sir Edmund Burke
The Crew Producer
Alan Hume BSc
After a run of successful historical Carry Ons, they return to the hospital in an attempt to capture the essence of Carry On Nurse. All the Carry On team are there in style, with Sid James spending most of the time in bed due to real ill health.
After Dr Kilmore (Jim Dale) is caught in a compromising position on the roof of the Nursing Home, he gets the sack. After an uprising amongst the ranks of the patients, they endeavour to get the very popular Dr Kilmore reinstated but they dont count on the stubbornness of Dr Tinkle (Kenneth Williams) and Matron (Hattie Jacques) so they resort to desperate measures using one of the most evil torture methods ever invented on Matron a bed bath. Dr Tinkle, the more stubborn, actually enjoys his ice bath so they have to resort to surgery.
A side plot of the story is Francis Bigger (Frankie Howerd), a famous faith healer, who stops thinking for a while and hurts his back and through confusion thinks he is dying. Frankie Howerd was only in two Carry Ons, but could have become a mainstay of the core group if he'd have wanted to - a pity really.
If Hattie Jacques is remembered for any Carry On character, it will be the indomitable Matron, which she pulls off so perfectly. Frankie Howerd fits nicely in with the Carry On team and takes up some of the slack left by Sid playing a lesser role due to his ill health. At the start of the film Frankie is the star but as the picture progresses he becomes part of the team. Carry On Doctor is the best of the medically themed films and arguably one of the best of the whole series.