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Doctor at Sea (1955)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 February 1956 (USA)
Bachelor Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) goes to sea to escape the boredom of shore practice, but studies the nurses more than medicine, and Hélène Colbert (Brigitte Bardot) is around.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Richard Gordon (by), Richard Gordon (adapted for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Dr. Simon Sparrow
Brenda de Banzie ... Muriel Mallet
Brigitte Bardot ... Hélène Colbert
James Robertson Justice ... Capt. Hogg
Maurice Denham ... Easter
Michael Medwin ... Sub-lieutenant Trail
Hubert Gregg ... Archer
James Kenney ... Fellowes
Raymond Huntley ... Capt. Beamish
Geoffrey Keen ... Hornbeam
George Coulouris ... 'Chippie' the Carpenter
Noel Purcell ... Corbie
Jill Adams ... Jill
Joan Sims ... Wendy Thomas
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Whimble
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Storyline

With a view to escaping both boredom as a junior general practitioner and unwanted womanly advances, young Dr. Simon Sparrow (Sir Dirk Bogarde) becomes a medical officer on "the Lotus", an all-male cargo ship. As soon as he sets foot on-board, Simon encounters various eccentric characters (including quick-tempered, authoritarian, whisky-addicted Captain Hogg (James Robertson Justice)) and gets involved in many an embarrassing situation (including seasickness). In Rio he gets to know Hélène Colbert (Brigitte Bardot) , a sexy young French singer and falls under her spell. When woman hater Hogg is forced to take on two female characters, Muriel Mallet (Brenda de Banzie), the daughter of the shipping company and her friend, Hélène on his freighter, Simon is delighted. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

HILARITY ON THE HIGH SEAS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noiva do Comandante See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where the crew is temporarily in jail, George Coulouris ("Chippie" the Carpenter) starts to sing "When August suns are shining, and August raindrops fall, the owl..." This is the Manchester Grammar School school song. Coulouris was an alumnus of MGS. See more »

Goofs

Simon sees his name plate altered from "MD" to "BF". As a newly qualified doctor he would only have been a Bachelor of Medicine ("MB"). The joke would have been better made by deleting the "M" and adding an "F". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Simon Sparrow: A Rolls Royce is the ambition of almost every newly qualified doctor.
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Connections

Followed by Doctor in Distress (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Je Ne Sais Pas
Written and Composed by Hubert Gregg
Performed by Brigitte Bardot (dubbed by Jill Day) (uncredited)
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distinction for Brigitte Bardot
13 May 2012 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

'Doctor at sea' is your average English fifties-comedy, as were turned out by the dozen at the time. Television was hardly around, so on Saturday nights the public crowded into their many local cinema-theaters to watch films like these.

Although overall acting in 'Doctor at sea' is pretty competent, it's clear that this film only escaped a thick layer of dust for one single reason: Brigitte Bardot's participation.

Even stronger than that: Brigitte's picturing in this film surely ranks among the very best in her entire career. More than half a century after its production, one can safely conclude that the British did a great job on her.

That's nearly all there is to say about this light comedy. Apart from Brigitte Bardot, the performance of young Dirk Bogarde as the ship's doctor deserves a mentioning, too.


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