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Dentist in the Chair
Directed byDon Chaffey
Written byMatthew Finch (novel)
Val Guest
Produced byBertram Ostrer
StarringBob Monkhouse
Ronnie Stevens
Kenneth Connor
Eric Barker
Vincent Ball
CinematographyReginald Wyer
Edited byBill Lenny
Music byKen Jones
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time
84 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Dentist in the Chair is a 1960 British comedy film, directed by Don Chaffey and starring Bob Monkhouse, Ronnie Stevens, Eric Barker and Vincent Ball.[2] The screenplay was written by Val Guest, and based on a novel by Matthew Finch.[3] Additional scenes were written by Bob Monkhouse and George Wadmore.[4]

Dentist on the Job (1961), a sequel, followed.[5]


Two dental students, David Cookson (Monkhouse) and Brian Dexter (Ronnie Stevens) become mixed up in the misadventures of a thief, Sam Field (played by Kenneth Connor), when he tries to sell them stolen dental equipment.



The twelve most popular films of the year in Britain in 1960 were Doctor in Love, Carry On Constable, Hercules Unchained, Two-Way Stretch, Conspiracy of Hearts, The League of Gentlemen, Sink the Bismarck!, Psycho, Oceans 11, Suddenly Last Summer, Dentist in the Chair and School for Scoundrels.[6] Kine Weekly said it "proved a terrific turn up" at the box office.[7]


  1. ^ Chapman, J. (2022). The Money Behind the Screen: A History of British Film Finance, 1945-1985. Edinburgh University Press p 359
  2. ^ "Dentist in the Chair (1960) - Don Chaffey | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Dentist in the Chair (1960)". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Dentist on the Job (1961)". BFI. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Box Office Hits in 1960" (PDF). Kine Weekly.
  7. ^ Billings, Josh (15 December 1960). "It's Britain 1, 2, 3 again in the 1960 box office stakes". Kine Weekly. p. 8.