Doctor at Sea

Date: 1955
Director: Ralph Thomas
Production Company: Group Film Productions Limited

Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Brigitte Bardot, James Robertson Justice, Brenda De Banzie, Joan Sims
Location(s): Alexandria (Egypt), Greece, London

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Storyline:

A bachelor doctor escapes the amorous advances of his employers’ daughter by signing on as medical officer on a cargo ship.

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The film opens with a Rolls Royce travelling slowly along a city street.

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As a corner is turned, the prestigious vehicle is revealed to be a hearse that's towing an elderly Hillman Minx.

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The two cars come to a stand outside the surgery of Dr. Thomas.

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Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) thanks the Undertaker (George Spence) for his assistance.

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After signing on as medical officer on the SS Lotus, Dr Simon Sparrow introduces himself to the ship's Butcher (Jack Sharp).

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Fellowes (James Kenney), the Ship's Apprentice, wishes good morning to a grumpy Captain Wentworth Hogg (James Robertson Justice).

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The Captain gives orders to Chief Officer Hornbeam.

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SS Lotus is cast off and the voyage begins.

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The ship passes through the Corinth Canal. The canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.

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Although the cast and crew travelled on the liner 'Achilles' from Venice to Athens and Alexandria, much of the footage doesn't do justice to these Mediterranean locations. This is the film's Greek port of Bellos.

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Sub-Lieutenant Trail (Michael Medwin) watches as Steward Easter (Maurice Denham) gives Dr. Sparrow a haircut.

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News is heard that the SS Violeta, sister ship of the Lotus, has also docked.

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When the crew are all back on board after most end up in jail whilst on shore leave, two female passengers join the SS Lotus.

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Preparations are made for a ship's dance in an effort to prove that the Lotus is not an inferior vessel to the Violeta.

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