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Doctor at Sea (1955)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 February 1956 (USA)
A bachelor doctor goes to sea to escape the boredom of shore practice, but studies the nurses more than medicine, and Brigitte Bardot is around.

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Brenda de Banzie ...
Muriel Mallet
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Hélène Colbert
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Capt. Hogg
Maurice Denham ...
Easter
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Sub-lieutenant Trail
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Archer
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Fellowes
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Capt. Beamish
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Hornbeam
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'Chippie' the Carpenter
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Corbie
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Jill
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Wendy Thomas
Cyril Chamberlain ...
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With a view to escaping both boredom as a junior G.P. and unwanted womanly advances, young doctor Simon Sparrow 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)and gets involved in many an embarrassing situation (including seasickness). In Rio he gets to know Hélène Colbert , a sexy young French singer and falls under her spell. When woman hater Hogg is forced to take on two female characters, Muriel Mallet, the daughter of the shipping company and her friend ... Hélène on his freighter, Simon is delighted! Written by Guy Bellinger

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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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23 February 1956 (USA)  »

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A Noiva do Comandante  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Easter reads a Diana Dors 3D book in his bunk. Diana Dors appears (uncredited) in a short speaking role at the evening party on the deck of the ship earlier in the movie. 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 »

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Dr. Simon Sparrow: A Rolls Royce is the ambition of almost every newly qualified doctor.
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Follows Doctor in the House (1954) See more »

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Je Ne Sais Pas
Written and Composed by Hubert Gregg
Performed by Brigitte Bardot (dubbed by Jill Day) (uncredited)
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Excellent film, which, unusually, shows real understanding of the Merch
13 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A fairly faithful rendition of Richard Gordon's semi-biographical novel of the same name. The characters are "right", the episodic nature of the story follows, even if loosely, the basic form of the novel. The "south American Port" is an amalgam of Santos and Buenos Aires, and is pretty accurate for those places in the 1950's. The relationships between the officers, crew, and the general milieu is also very accurate. There are some superb scenes, my absolute favourite being the logging (the Merchant Navy version of a disciplinary hearing) which is both accurate and very funny. As many reviewers have already pointed out, it is a cargo ship, not a cruise ship, and the passengers are actually guests of the company. Finally, it is SS Lotus, a merchant vessel, not HMS.


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