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Carry On Again Doctor

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Carry On Again Doctor
Original UK quad poster by Renato Fratini
Directed byGerald Thomas
Written byTalbot Rothwell
Produced byPeter Rogers
StarringSid James
Kenneth Williams
Charles Hawtrey
Jim Dale
Joan Sims
Barbara Windsor
Hattie Jacques
CinematographyErnest Steward
Edited byAlfred Roome
Music byEric Rogers
Distributed byRank Organisation
Release date
2 December 1969
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Carry On Again Doctor is a 1969 British comedy film, the 18th release in the series of 31 Carry On films (1958–1992).[1] It was released in December 1969 and was the third to feature a medical theme.[1] The film features series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor and Hattie Jacques.[2] This was Jim Dale's last Carry On appearance for 23 years until his return in Carry On Columbus.[3] It also marks the debut of Patsy Rowlands to the series in her first of 9 appearances.[4] The film was followed by Carry On Up The Jungle 1970.

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At the Long Hampton Hospital, Dr Jimmy Nookey (Jim Dale) seems to attract trouble, beginning with an incident in the women's washroom, which he had mistakenly entered, frightening the highly-strung Miss Armitage out of her senses. Nookey's carefree manner is not to everyone's liking at the hospital, with Dr. Stoppidge (Charles Hawtrey) wanting Nookey sacked for the washroom incident. Accident-prone Nookey then quickly falls in love with a film star patient named Goldie Locks (Barbara Windsor). During some misadventures with the hospital's X-ray machine Nookey triggers a massive short circuit in the hospital's electrical system resulting in more mayhem. With the hospital Matron (Hattie Jacques) and his moody boss Dr. Frederick Carver (Kenneth Williams) now watching his every move, Dr. Nookey drinks a fruit punch spiked by jealous Dr. Stoppidge at the staff party. The drunk Nookey ends up crashing through a window on a hospital trolley, after he had almost got into bed with a patient. Goldie leaves Nookey, as the latter is not interested in marriage. Meanwhile, Carver and his rich patient Ellen Moore (Joan Sims) dispatch the disgraced Nookey to Moore's medical mission in the Beatific Islands, where it rains for nine months of the year. Nookey discovers Gladstone Screwer (Sid James), the local medicine man, who has a weight-loss serum. Nookey soon returns to England and opens a new surgery with Mrs. Moore, much to the anger of Carver. While Matron joins Dr. Nookey's clinic, Carver and Stoppidge plot to try to steal the serum. Stoppidge dresses as a female patient to effect the theft, but his luck runs out when Nookey catches him in the act. Goldie returns to have the serum as well, much to Nookey's chagrin. Gladstone quickly discovers that Nookey is making a fortune from his serum, and cuts off his supply to deliver the serum in person and get in on the action. Nookey prevaricates, so Gladstone gives him a serum, which in fact seems to cause sex changes. The movie ends with Nookey and Goldie getting married at the Moore-Nookey-Gladstone-Carver facility, and the rest of the staff of the Long Hampton Hospital becoming friends again.

Production notes

The original script for Carry On Again Doctor raised problems with Rank's legal adviser, who felt it was too similar to an unfilmed 'Doctor' script that Talbot Rothwell, writer of Carry On Again Doctor, had previously submitted to producer Betty Box. Most notably, both scenarios featured the medical mission/slimming potion idea. As Box had not taken up the option on Rothwell's 'Doctor' script, however, it was felt there were no legal problems with the use of those ideas in this film.


Wilfred Brambell's character was a non-speaking cameo in an early scene. When he appeared, the theme from Steptoe and Son was played over his scene.


  • Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
  • Music – Eric Rogers
  • Production manager – Jack Swinburne
  • Art director – John Blezard
  • Editor – Alfred Roome
  • Director of photography – Ernest Steward
  • Camera operator – James Bawden
  • Assistant editor – Jack Gardner
  • Continuity – Susanna Merry
  • Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
  • Assistant director – Ivor Powell
  • Sound recordists – Bill Daniels & Ken Barker
  • Hairdresser – Stella Rivers
  • Costume designer – Anna Duse
  • Dubbing editor – Colin Miller
  • Producer – Peter Rogers
  • Director – Gerald Thomas

Filming and locations

  • Filming dates – 17 March – 2 May 1969



  • Maidenhead, where the town hall doubled for the hospital as it previously did in Carry On Doctor.
  • Pinewood Studios. Heatherden Hall, the studio management block was used as the exterior for the Moore-Nookey Clinic
  • Windsor, Berkshire. Location of Dr Nookey's consulting rooms (the same location featured in Carry On Regardless as the Helping Hands Agency and in Carry On Loving as the Wedded Bliss agency).[6]


When the film was released by American International Pictures in New York in February 1973, they released it under the title Carry on Doctor.[7]

The sequence where Dr Nookie short circuits the hospital's electrical system and the ensuing mayhem formed introduction to the 1980s compilation show Carry On Laughing.

Critical reception

Empire wrote "The fast moving plot and changing locations keep the show moving, and makes this one of the more successful entries in the series."[1]


  • Davidson, Andy (2012). Carry On Confidential. London: Miwk. ISBN 978-1-908630-01-8.
  • Sheridan, Simon (2011). Keeping the British End Up – Four Decades of Saucy Cinema. London: Titan Books. ISBN 978-0-85768-279-6.
  • Webber, Richard (2009). 50 Years of Carry On. London: Arrow. ISBN 978-0-09-949007-4.
  • Hudis, Norman (2008). No Laughing Matter. London: Apex. ISBN 978-1-906358-15-0.
  • Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan (third edition) (2007) (Reynolds & Hearn Books)
  • Ross, Robert (2002). The Carry On Companion. London: Batsford. ISBN 978-0-7134-8771-8.
  • Bright, Morris; Ross, Robert (2000). Mr Carry On – The Life & Work of Peter Rogers. London: BBC Books. ISBN 978-0-563-55183-6.
  • Rigelsford, Adrian (1996). Carry On Laughing – a celebration. London: Virgin. ISBN 1-85227-554-5.
  • Hibbin, Sally & Nina (1988). What a Carry On. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 978-0-600-55819-4.
  • Eastaugh, Kenneth (1978). The Carry On Book. London: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-7403-0.


  1. ^ a b c "Carry On Again Doctor". Empire. 21 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Carry On Again Doctor (1969)". BFI. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Jim Dale". BFI. Archived from the original on 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Patsy Rowlands". BFI. Archived from the original on 28 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Carry On Again Doctor". Pinewood Studios.
  6. ^ "Reelstreets | Carry On Again, Doctor".
  7. ^ "New York Sound Track". Variety. 7 February 1973. p. 22.

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