|In the Doghouse|
British quad poster by Tom Chantrell
|Directed by||Darcy Conyers|
|Produced by||Earl St. John|
|Written by||Michael Pertwee|
|Based on||It's a Vet's Life by Alex Duncan|
|Music by||Philip Green|
|Edited by||Roger Cherrill|
In the Doghouse is a 1962 British comedy film directed by Darcy Conyers and starring Leslie Phillips and Peggy Cummins. Shot in black-and-white, the film was based on the bestselling novel It's a Vet's Life by Alex Duncan.
The title refers to the British expression of a person being "in the doghouse" when a person is ostracised usually relating to a husband for domestic bad behaviour, and usually used in the third person e.g. "he is in the doghouse because... "
The overarching plot revolves around trying to prevent a consignment of horses being sent to France as meat by a Mr Peddle aided by Skeffington.
Near the end of the film a lion escapes into a crowded pet show filled with a variety of both pets and people.
The three main heroes try to sabotage the shipment of horses but end up tied in the back of the lorry with the horses. The chimpanzee unties them.
They then chase Peddle and Skeffington on the rescued horses. This gets in the newspapers.
The vet is then called to Buckingham Palace to treat the corgis.
- Leslie Phillips as Jimmy Fox-Upton
- Peggy Cummins as Sally Huxley
- Hattie Jacques as Josephine Gudgeon
- James Booth as Bob Skeffington
- Dick Bentley as Mr. Peddle
- Colin Gordon as Dean
- Joan Heal as Mrs. Peddle
- Esma Cannon as Mrs. Raikes
- Fenella Fielding as Miss Fordyce
- Richard Goolden as Mr. Ribart
- Joan Hickson as Miss Gibbs
- Vida Hope as Mrs. Crabtree
- Jacqueline Jones as Rita
- Peggy Thorpe-Bates as Mrs. Muswell
- Harry Locke as Sid West
- Patsy Rowlands as Barmaid
- Kynaston Reeves as Colonel
- Joan Young as Middle-Aged Woman
- Judith Furse as Massage Woman
- Lance Percival as the policeman (uncredited)
The Radio Times wrote "...makes a fine comic vehicle for Leslie Phillips, who has to resort to his trademark charm to atone for his misadventures as he begins life as a qualified vet (after spending years trying to pass his final exams. However, he also gets to reveal an unexpected action-man side as he thwarts a horse-smuggling ring. ... Despite booming support from Hattie Jacques, this patchy film is perhaps most significant for bringing down the curtain on the career of Peggy Cummins, who made her first film in 1940 at the age of 15."