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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 August 2011
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "DOCTOR AT SEA" (1955) (93 min/Color) -- Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Brigitte Bardot, James Robertson Justice, Brenda de Banzie, Maurice Denham, Michael Medwin, Hubert Gregg, James Kenney, Raymond Huntley, Geoffrey Keen, Noel Purcell, Jill Adams, Joan Sims

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

VCI has restored another great film from the British Invasion vaults.

Not in the same league as the first film (Doctor in the House), but is still fun to watch.

One of my favorites of the series James Robertson Justice is playing a different character -- a 'Doctor' film without Sir Lancelot, what were they thinking. He is playing Captain Hogg repeating a few blustering spaced out roars.

Dirk Bogarde is back as the hapless medic Doctor Simon Sparrow, who plays with his usual excellence. Nowhere to be seen are most of the supporting cast from the first film. Veteran actor Maurice Denham makes the most of a supporting role, plus familiar British faces fill out the rest of the cast.

Brigitte Bardot, in her first English-speaking role is a welcome distraction. A shower scene especially raises our hero's temperature!
English film crew did a magnificent job on Brigitte: out of the many thousand of shots spanning her entire career, those from 'Doctor at Sea' are among the very best.

For this reason alone it is really worth watching this film.

Nominated BAFTA Film Award for Best British Screenplay (Nicholas Phipps) and (Jack Davies)

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
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BIOS:
1. Ralph Thomas (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 August 1915 - Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 17 March 2001 - London, England, UK

2. Dirk Bogarde [aka: Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde]
Date of Birth: 28 March 1921 - Hampstead, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 8 May 1999 - Chelsea, London, England, UK

3. James Robertson Justice [aka: James Norval Harald Justice]
Date of Birth: 15 June 1907 - Lewisham, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 2 July 1975 - Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK

4. Brigitte Bardot
Date of Birth: 28 September 1934 - Paris, France

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 93 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8663 ~ (August 2, 2011)
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on 21 April 2015
The second entry in the 'Doctor' series of films, and with the welcome addition of Brigitte Bardot. I was pleasantly surprised by the location filming included here, seeing Dirk Bogarde actually on board the ship as it entered a foreign port was a pleasure as I was expecting the same approach to filming as that experienced in Carry On Cruising- meaning studio-bound principal photography augmented by stock location footage when required, but not here! Engaging storyline in a very 1950's manner! colourful cinematography, and of course, eye catching 1950's fashion, passion and style! (If you like that sort of thing!) A memorable second entry in the series!
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on 25 June 2016
This would be remembered only as a minor British farce if it wasn't for Bardot making her first English speaking film , she has a very sweet innocence about her thats very natural, although when acting with some of the English comic talent in this it looks a little like she's not acting at all but trying to keep up , with the wonderful Brenda de Banzie .

The plot is really just a lot small gags with a thin thread going through to keep them together, but its Bardot the steels the attention when shes on screen , the camera loves her so doing mundane things are suddenly captivating , Monroe had it too. So it depends if your a Bardot fan or not as to weather you'll like this , if your interested because its a 'Doctor' film your'll be better of with 'In The House' . It is a fun film but just not the funniest film you'll ever see, though unmissable if Bridgette's English accent sets your pulse racing like mine , boy what a delivery , she was obviously cast as the sexy kitten in this 'naughty British sexy' film and she does that and some , more than they were expecting in 1955 im guessing , you don't see anything you shouldn't ,unlike a modern film maker can show what they like, but her presents does take it from something that would have been dull and boring to the edge of exciting all on her own , total star quality .
She was meant to be Mrs James Bond in Her Majesties Secret Service , but with Connery pulling out they got cold feet , Diana Rigg was a better actress but Bardot in a Bond film would have been something special.
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on 19 August 2014
A "great" of British 50's comedy. So many clever pieces of dialogue, many of which will be missed because of the speed with which they're delivered. Plenty of innuendo, word play and wit. Also, interesting to see a film set on a cargo ship rather than a passenger ship, and, with the exception of an absence of Engineer Officers, a fairly accurate portrayal of a ship of the time. More details of locations, ships used etc would have been helpful. One of my favourite lines is spoken by the Master as the Second Mate passes him on his way ashore, very smartly dressed including bowler hat, "Spending your evening in a shop window Mr.Archer?".
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on 5 February 2004
This film made me laugh from start to finish. The film is in the vein of the carry on film's type story line, without the campness. The story follows a junior doctor, Dirk Bogarte, who runs away to sea to excape a shotgun wedding and his escapades with the eccentric sailors and officers on board. The movie is well cast with excellent all round performances - especially from James Robertson Justice (Mr Scrumptious from Chitty chitty bang bang) as the Captain and Brigitte Bardot oozing sex appeal as a passenger. One of the best of the 'Doctor' series and well worth adding to your DVD collection.
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on 26 December 2003
An average, very English fifties comedy, set on a freight ship.
Nevertheless this film offers two outstanding dimensions. The first is leading man Dirk Bogarde, who plays with his usual excellence. The second is Brigitte Bardot, adding much charm with her English-with-a-French-accent.
By the way, the English film crew did a magnificent job on Brigitte: from the many thousand of shots spanning her entire career, those from 'Doctor at Sea' are among the very finest. That alone makes it worth watching this movie.
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on 24 February 2013
Really a vintage film to keep and wallow in on a cold winter evening. Gentle humour in the good old tradition, with young and lovely Bogarde and Bardot at their best. They don't make 'em like this any more.
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on 20 March 2014
Fun for all with this classical example of British 60's comedy. The tradition of sea travel has largely gone replaced by cruise ships, so this is a return to a less hurried era when travel was more leisurely.
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on 1 November 2012
Doctor at Sea (Ralph Thomas, 1955, 93')

The second of seven Doctor in the House films, with Bogarde featuring in the first three. Doctor at Sea was Brigitte Bardot's first ever role in an English-speaking film. The film was the 3rd most popular movie at the British box office in 1955, after The Dam Busters and White Christmas.

Produced by Betty Box. Written by Nicholas Phipps, Richard Gordon, Jack Davies.
Starring Dirk Bogarde, Brigitte Bardot, James Robertson Justice. Brenda De Banzie, Joan Sims.
Distributed by Rank.

Two actors who became later famous in their early days: Bardot beats Bogarde, but both are entertaining. The series has its public, so no sense to talk about poor filmic qualities.

202 - Doctor at Sea (Ralph Thomas, 1955, 93') -Entente cordiale curiosity - 1/11/2012
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on 5 August 2015
great film at the time it was made. Sadly there is no sex or violence bad words spoken, just a romantic story full of fun. So if your looking for all the crap of modern films don't bother getting it
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