Nicholas Phipps

Nicholas Phipps (23 June 1913 – 11 April 1980) was a British actor and screenwriter who appeared in more than thirty films during a career lasting from 1938 to 1970.[1] He was born in London and appeared mainly in British comedy films, often specialising in playing military figures.[2] He was also a screenwriter, sometimes working on the script for films in which he acted. Best known for his collaborations with Herbert Wilcox and Ralph Thomas, Phipps wrote some of the most popular British films of all time, including Spring in Park Lane (1948) and Doctor in the House (1954).[1] He retired from acting in 1970.[3] His script for Doctor in the House was nominated for a BAFTA.[4]

Nicholas Phipps
Actor and writer Nicholas Phipps.jpg
Born23 June 1913
London, England
Died11 April 1980(1980-04-11) (aged 66)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1938–1970


Phipps began his association with Herbert Wilcox working on I Live in Grosvenor Square (1945). He wrote This Man Is Mine (1946) then had a big hit with Piccadilly Incident (1946) which he wrote for Wilcox and Anna Neagle, Wilcox's wife.[5] They reunited on The Courtneys of Curzon Street (1947) and Spring in Park Lane (1948), also successfully. Phipps also worked on The First Gentleman (1948) then was back with Wilcox and Neagle for Maytime in Mayfair (1948) and Elizabeth of Ladymead (1949).[6]

Phipps wrote two films for Stewart Granger, Woman Hater (1948) and Adam and Evelyne (1949) then did a Wilcox movie without Neagle, Into the Blue (1950).

He wrote a script for David Lean, Madeleine (1950) and did one for Ralph Thomas, Appointment with Venus (1951)

He was one of several writers on I Believe in You (1952), and did a thriller for George Raft Escape Route (1952).

He did an Alec Guinness comedy, The Captain's Paradise (1953), then had one of the biggest hits of his career with Doctor in the House (1954) for Thomas. He did the sequels Doctor at Sea (1955) and Doctor at Large (1957), plus a similar comedy, True as a Turtle (1957).

Phipps focused on comedies The Captain's Table (1959); The Lady Is a Square (1959), the last for Wilcox; Doctor in Love (1960).

For Thomas he wrote No Love for Johnnie (1961). More typical was A Pair of Briefs (1962), The Amorous Prawn (US: The Playgirl and the War Minister, 1963) and Doctor in Distress (1963).

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Selected stage rolesEdit


  1. ^ a b "Nicholas Phipps". BFI. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson. "Nicholas Phipps – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "Nicholas Phipps". Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ "BAFTA Awards".
  5. ^ "London-Sydney Premiere for "The Overlanders"". The Sydney Morning Herald (33, 758). New South Wales, Australia. 5 March 1946. p. 10 (The Sydney Morning Herald Magazine.). Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  6. ^ "THE STARRY WAY". The Courier-mail (3729). Queensland, Australia. 6 November 1948. p. 2. Retrieved 26 September 2017.

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