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Sunday Classic Comedy: Carry On Doctor (1967)


Carry On Doctor was the first medical theme–based Carry On film for eight years, and was the first of two Carry On films to star the comedian Frankie Howerd. It was also to be the last film of the series according to Peter Rogers. Joan Sims was originally asked to play the part of “Matron” after her earlier success playing a similar part in Doctor in Clover, but the part eventually went to Hattie Jacques. With the Carry On prefix still an unfavourable title among Rank producers, Rothwell initially entitled the script “Nurse Carries on Again”. Doctor was also the first of four Carry On films to have illustrations on the opening credits. They were drawn by Larry, an illustrator for Punch. Production started in September 1967 and finished the following month. Doctor was released in December that year.

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