In the Doghouse

Date: 1961
Director: Darcy Conyers
Production Company: The Rank Organisation

Stars: Leslie Phillips, Peggy Cummins, Hattie Jacques, James Booth, Dick Bentley
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A newly qualified vet with a heart of gold takes over an ailing practice and becomes rivals with a former fellow student before foiling an illegal horse meat racket.

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The film opens with an establishing shot of the veterinary college where James Fox-Upton has had repeated difficulty in becoming qualified.

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In the street outside, a Rover crashes into the back of an Austin that stops suddenly when a cat strays into the road.

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James Fox-Upton (Leslie Phillips) crashes into the back of the Rover.

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The cat that caused the collision jumps onto a pillar box.

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With a buckled front wheel, James struggles on to the college entrance.

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Jimmy clumsily gets off his bike to go inside for his fifth attempt at passing the exams to become a veterinarian.

Having passed the exams, Jimmy sets out to buy a practice of his own. Looking onto Holland Park from the entrance of Holland Park Mews, London W11.

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The bare trees provide a clearer view. (RL)

Answering an advertisement, Jimmy approaches the run down premises of Mr. Ribart. Holland Park Mews in Kensington, also seen in ‘Time to Remember’, ‘Corruption’ and ‘Crossplot’.

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There are certainly no rundown properties there now. (RL)

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Having had a miserable start to his career, the new vet arrives at the home of Mr. Johnson and Mr. Tibbs, his pet lion.

Leaving his small practice, Jimmy crosses the road to where fellow student Bob Skeffington arrives by taxi. Holland Park with Holland Park Mews to the left.

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That Royal Mail van was clearly there for the duration.

Jimmy discovers that Bob Skeffington (James Booth) is opening a swanky veterinary business close to his own. Holland Park, Kensington W11.

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A little too "swanky" for a veterinary practice these days....and maybe then. (RL)

When reports are received of animals in Fox-Upton’s garage, RSPCA Officer Josephine Gudgeon is sent to investigate. (Hattie Jacques) Holland Park Mews.

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Just for once, no difficulty in finding a quiet moment. (RL)

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Bob is called to the Veterinary Medical Council. Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. The setting is also seen in ‘Twice Around the Daffodils’, ‘A Stitch in Time’, ‘The Plague of Zombies’, ‘The Amazing Mr. Blunden’, ‘From Russia with Love’ and ‘Consuming Passions’ amongst many more

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The car door is opened by Bob’s assistant and chauffeur Rita (Jacqueline Jones).

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Jimmy pays a house visit to Mrs. Raikes and her ageing dog.

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The unusual pets competition attracts a number of entries including Mr. Johnson's lion and Sally Huxley's chimp Rosie.

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Requested to be judges, Jimmy parks his MG as Bob arrives in his Rolls Royce.

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Bob looks down on Jimmy's acquisition.

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Rosie escapes from the competition when Mr. Tibbs causes mayhem.

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The chimp cycles towards a Policeman on point duty.

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The Policeman looks down as Rosie rides by.

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With Sally in the passenger seat, Bob drives after the chimp.

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Rosie continues her journey as Bob catches up.

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Sally Huxley (Peggy Cummins) is united with Rosie.

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An establishing shot of the stables where Mr. Peddle is loading horses to be illegally exported to France.

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While Jimmy, Josephine and Sally hide out hoping to stop the loading, Rosie runs across the stable yard.

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Mr. Peddle (Dick Bentley) spots Rosie before the others are found.

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Having captured Jimmy, Josephine and Sally, Mr. Peddle gets ready to set of to the coast.

Mr. Peddle follows the horseboxes in his Jaguar. North End Way in Hampstead with Whitestone Walk to the right, located by Tonyk.

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There's a lot more traffic in Peter's view.

The camera pans with the convoy. The junction of Spaniards Road and North End Way in NW3 with Hampstead War Memorial and Heath House to the left. Location identified by Tonyk . . . .

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. . . . and captured by Peter who adds that the memorial is intact but the refurbishment in the background has been going on for a few years.

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When Rosie helps the three to escape from the lorry, they chase Mr. Peddle on horseback.

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Mr. Peddle heads for a bridge.

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The camera follows the crook as he crosses the canal.

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When Sally and Jimmy follow Peddle over the bridge they are inexplicably met by a marching band.

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The band members dive over the bridge parapets as the pursuers head towards them.

The film ends with Jimmy heading off to attend to an ailing Corgi after proposing to Sally.

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Like so many others, Peter visited whilst the Queen was at home.

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