Sunday, 3 July 2011

The Carry On Legacy - Carry on Again Doctor: (1969)

Carry On Again Doctor was the eighteenth Carry On film. It was released in 1969 and was the third to feature a medical theme. Carry On Again Doctor features series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor and Hattie Jacques. This was Jim Dale's last Carry On appearance for 23 years before his return in Carry On Columbus.
A disgraced doctor (Jim Dale) is sent to a remote clinic on an inhospitable tropical island where he learns of a native slimming potion. He flies back to England to cash in on the potion, soon finding success running a lavish slimming clinic. However his former professional rivals who had been instrumental in sending him away in the first place now want a slice of the profits, as does the real discoverer of the slimming potion.
The original script for Carry On Again Doctor raised problems with Rank's legal advisor, who felt it was too similar to an unfilmed 'Doctor' script that Talbot Rothwell, writer of Carry On Again Doctor, had previously submitted to Betty Box. Most notably, both scenarios featured the medical mission/slimming potion idea. As Box did not take up the option on Rothwell's 'Doctor' script, however, it was felt there were no legal problems to the use of these ideas in this film.

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