Doctor at Sea (film)
Doctor at Sea is a 1955 British comedy film, directed by Ralph Thomas, produced by Betty E. Box, and based on Richard Gordon's novel by the same name. This was the second of seven films in the Doctor series, following the hugely popular Doctor in the House from the previous year. Once again, Richard Gordon participated in the screenwriting, together with Nicholas Phipps and Jack Davies, and once again Dirk Bogarde played the lead character Dr Simon Sparrow. The cast also includes James Robertson Justice and Joan Sims from the first film, but this time playing different characters. This was Brigitte Bardot's first English-speaking film.
|Doctor at Sea|
Original British 1955 quad film poster
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Screenplay by||Nicholas Phipps|
|Based on||Doctor at Sea|
by Richard Gordon
James Robertson Justice
Brenda De Banzie
|Music by||Bruce Montgomery|
|Edited by||Frederick Wilson|
Group Film Productions
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors (UK)|
Republic Pictures (US)
|Box office||1,111,404 admissions (France)|
With a view to escaping his employers' daughter, who has amorous designs on him, Dr. Simon Sparrow (Bogarde) signs on as medical officer on a cargo ship, "SS Lotus". The ship is commanded by hot-tempered and authoritarian Captain Wentworth Hogg.
Dr. Sparrow overcomes initial seasickness and settles into life on board. After arriving in a Brazilian port (a local woman demands two hundred cruzeiros from Dr. Sparrow), Sparrow meets Hélène Colbert (Bardot), a sexy young French nightclub singer.
The misogynist Captain Hogg is forced to take on two female passengers, Muriel Mallet (De Banzie), the daughter of the chairman of the shipping company, and her friend, Hélène, for the return trip. Romance blossoms between Simon and Hélène, and when they reach home, Helene receives a telegram offering her a job in Rio de Janeiro. She and Sparrow return together.
Throughout the trip, Hogg has been romanced by Muriel and eventually becomes engaged to her - with almost certain promotion to Commodore.
- Dirk Bogarde as Dr. Simon Sparrow
- James Robertson Justice as Captain Hogg
- Brenda De Banzie as Muriel Mallet
- Brigitte Bardot as Hélène Colbert
- Maurice Denham as Steward Easter
- Michael Medwin as Third Officer Trail
- Hubert Gregg as Second Officer Archer
- James Kenney as Fellowes
- Raymond Huntley as Capt. Beamish
- Geoffrey Keen as Chief Officer Hornbeam
- George Coulouris as Ship's Carpenter
- Noel Purcell as Corbie
- Jill Adams as Jill
- Joan Sims as Wendy
- Cyril Chamberlain as Whimble
- Toke Townley as Jenkins
- Thomas Heathcote as Wilson
- Felix Felton as Dr George Thomas
Thomas claimed in 1956 it made half a million pounds profit.
Variety accused Rank studios of playing safe, writing that "Doctor at Sea does not rise to the same laugh-provoking heights as its predecessor"; while the Radio Times also found it "short on truly comic incident, and the shipboard location is limiting"; but Allmovie wrote "Often funnier than its predecessor, Doctor at Sea proved the viability of the "Doctor" series."
This was the second installment of the Doctor series of films, with Bogarde featuring in the first three. Doctor at Sea was Brigitte Bardot's first ever role in an English-speaking film.
- Box office information for film at Box Office Story
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- "Doctor at Sea (1955) - Ralph Thomas | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via www.allmovie.com.
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