It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet

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"Based on the James Herriot stories"
  • G
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.4  (181)

It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, released in the year 1976, is a British film based on the book "Let Sleeping Vets Lie" by James Herriot. The movie follows the story of a young veterinary surgeon who overcomes several challenges during his career. The protagonist of the movie, James Herriot, is played by John Alderton. Herriot is a recent graduate who joins a rural veterinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. The movie opens with Herriot's first day at work, and he is faced with several challenges, from stubborn animals to naughty schoolboys.

As the movie continues, we see Herriot experiencing the daily struggles of a rural vet. He is called out day and night to attend to animals in distress. Herriot begins to develop a close relationship with the local farmers and their animals, including his mentor, Siegfried Farnon (played by Colin Blakely).

Siegfried Farnon is a gruff, but a compassionate individual who takes young Herriot under his wing. We see Farnon struggle with alcoholism throughout the movie, but he is a brilliant vet who never fails to impress his clients.

The movie also explores James Herriot's personal life, as he falls in love with a farmer's daughter called Helen Alderson (played by Lisa Harrow). Helen and James start seeing each other, and their relationship grows stronger as the movie progresses.

However, their relationship is not without its challenges. Helen's father, played by Freddie Jones, is overprotective and is initially hesitant about James' suitability as a husband for his daughter. James must convince Mr. Alderson that he is the right man for Helen.

As the movie reaches its climax, James faces one of the biggest challenges of his career. A racehorse that he had recently treated for an injury falls ill, and James must do everything in his power to save the animal's life.

The movie comes to a brilliant conclusion, with James eventually succeeding in his efforts to save the horse's life. His relationship with Helen also reaches a happy ending, as her father finally comes around and approves of their relationship.

Overall, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet is an entertaining and heartwarming movie. It depicts the challenges faced by veterinarians in the early 1900s and showcases the vital role that veterinarians play in rural communities. The movie is filled with memorable characters and beautiful scenery, making it a must-watch for anyone who loves animals or has an interest in veterinary medicine.

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    6.4  (181)