Doctor at Large (1957) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack specializing in rich neurotic women. He applies for a surgery position at a hospital, insults the senior surgeon, then rescues one of the hospital's Governors and finally gets his place on the staff.

  • Now a fully qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) hopes to specialize in surgery. There is only one post available at the hospital, and he faces stiff competition from Dr. Charles Bingham (Michael Medwin). While working in casualty, he fails to recognize one of the hospital Governors, Charles Hopcroft (Ernest Jay), and tells the man somewhat brusquely to wait in the queue. Convinced he will never get the surgical appointment, Sparrow takes on several temporary appointments. He heads off to a country practice where the senior doctor's wife seems just a little too interested in him. He then works in a posh Harley Street practice and does quite well. On a holiday with his friend Dr. Tony Benskin (Donald Sinden), who has yet to qualify, he rescues Mr. Hopcroft from a rather embarrassing situation. His chances of becoming a surgeon improve considerably.


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