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Doctor in Trouble (1970)

R | | Comedy | 1972 (USA)
Dr. Tony Burke (Leslie Phillips) is in love with Ophelia O'Brien (Angela Scoular), but doesn't have time to propose to her as she leaves for a cruise to the Mediterranean. Also, on-board ... See full summary »


Ralph Thomas


Jack Davies (screenplay), Richard Gordon (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Phillips ... Dr. Tony Burke
Harry Secombe ... Llewellyn Wendover
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Lancelot Spratt
Angela Scoular ... Ophelia O'Brien
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Dailey
Simon Dee Simon Dee ... Basil Beauchamp
Robert Morley ... Captain George Spratt
Freddie Jones ... Master-at-Arms
Joan Sims ... Russian Captain
John Le Mesurier ... Purser (as John le Mesurier)
Graham Stark ... Satterjee
Janet Mahoney Janet Mahoney ... Dawn Dailey
Graham Chapman ... Roddy
Jacki Piper Jacki Piper ... Cockney Girl
Fred Emney ... Father


Dr. Tony Burke (Leslie Phillips) is in love with Ophelia O'Brien (Angela Scoular), but doesn't have time to propose to her as she leaves for a cruise to the Mediterranean. Also, on-board the cruise ship is an old school chum of Burke's who plays "Dr. Dare" on a very popular television series, and to whom women flock. Burke decides to join the cruise, but is first apprehended as a stowaway, and then becomes the Captain's steward. For Burke, trying to talk to Ophelia is a hard enough task, but he meets some funny characters on-board, such as a pools winner, and a very stubborn Captain. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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On its original U.K. cinema release, it was commonly shown in a double bill, with OSS 117 Murder for Sale (1968) as the supporting feature. See more »


After Dr Burke is first seen in the Breeches Bouy, with ropes extending out of shot towards the Russian ship, the view changes to the Russian ship approaching, and there are no ropes between the vessels. See more »


Mrs. Dailey: Where's the Rolls?
Llewellyn Wendover: What are you talking about, Mum?
Mrs. Dailey: The conveyance.
Llewellyn Wendover: Oh that. Oh the motorbike's in the shed.
Mrs. Dailey: Motorbike?
Llewellyn Wendover: And sidecar.
Mrs. Dailey: Well surely you could have done a bit better than that, with your 22 divvies.
Dawn Dailey: 26, Mummy.
Mrs. Dailey: Mummy's talking, Dawn.
Llewellyn Wendover: Well, there was 18 draws that week. I mean, the first divvy was only 22 pounds 6 shillings. I'm not a millionaire, you know.
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Alternate Versions

To avoid an 'X' certificate the original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove some nudity and shots of a topless Angela Scoular. See more »


Follows Doctor at Sea (1955) See more »

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No more house calls for the doctor
1 May 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Doctor series of British comedy films was coming to a halt with this one Doctor In Trouble. If there was ever a redundancy in titles this certainly was it. When was the doctor character ever not in some kind of trouble in the series.

The series itself was in trouble. The beginning films had Dirk Bogarde who wanted to and successfully went on to more dramatic parts, but his Doctor Simon Sparrow had an innocence and vulnerability and was so earnest, things just seemed to happen around him. His main antagonist was the eminent Doctor James Robertson Justice with the booming voice and overbearing manner. He was barely in this one.

So with both of them out more or less, the Doctor series lost too much. Leslie Phillips is the Doctor here and he's not as noble as Bogarde, in fact there's really very little noble about him at all. In fact he's jealous because a medical school classmate of his, Simon Dee, forsook medicine for the theater and now plays a TV doctor heartthrob.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances Phillips winds up stowing away on a cruise ship with Dee and Angela Scoular a girl they're both interested in. And the captain is the brother of James Robertson Justice, a man just as imperious Robert Morley.

A lot of the real comedy in this film is provided by Harry Secombe who plays a brash newly minted millionaire who hasn't got the social graces quite down yet. I really wanted to see more of Secombe than Phillips.

Doctor In Trouble is a good, not hardly great British comedy and it was clear the Doctor was no longer going to make house calls on our funny bone shortly.

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