GenreComedy Music directorEdmund Crispin CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date12 July 1955 (1955-07-12) (UK)
23 February 1956 (1956-02-23) (US) Based onDoctor at Sea
by Richard Gordon WriterRichard Gordon (by), Richard Gordon (adapted for the screen by), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay), Jack Davies (screenplay) CastDirk Bogarde (Dr. Simon Sparrow), James Robertson Justice (Capt. Hogg), Brigitte Bardot (Hélène Colbert), Brenda De Banzie (Muriel Mallet), Maurice Denham (Easter), Michael Medwin (Sub-lieutenant Trail) Similar moviesDoctor movies, Related Ralph Thomas movies
TaglineThat Doctor is Back ...and She-Sick!
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.
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.
Sparrow overcomes initial seasickness and settles into life on board. After arriving in a South American port (unspecified, but possibly in Ecuador), 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.
The film was the 3rd most popular movie at the British box office in 1955, after The Dam Busters and White Christmas. Thomas claimed in 1956 it made half a million pounds profit.
Nominated, 1956 BAFTA Film Award, Best British Screenplay, Nicholas Phipps and Jack Davies
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.