Doctor in Trouble


Doctor in Trouble
Doctor in Trouble
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Betty Box
Written by Jack Davies
Richard Gordon
Starring Harry Secombe
Leslie Phillips
Robert Morley
Angela Scoular
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Editing by Peter Boita
Studio Rank Organisation
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
Release date(s) 16 June 1970 (1970-06-16)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Doctor in Trouble is a 1970 British comedy film, the last of the long-running Doctor in the House series of British comedy films. It was directed by Ralph Thomas it stars Leslie Phillips as a doctor who gets accidentally trapped on an outgoing cruise ship while it begins a round the world trip. The cast was rounded out by a number of British comedy actors including James Robertson Justice, Harry Secombe and Angela Scoular. It was based on the story Doctor on Toast by Richard Gordon.

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Plot

Renowned surgeon Sir Lancelot Sprat (James Robertson Justice) arranges a cruise for his patient, the famous television star Basil Beauchamp (Simon Dee). The captain of the ship is Lancelot Spratt's brother (Robert Morley).

Doctor Burke (Leslie Phillips) becomes a stowaway by mistake when chasing his girlfriend (Angela Scoular) onto the ship to propose to her. She is one of a group of models doing a fashion shoot with camp photographer (Graham Chapman). Other passengers aboard ship include pools winner Llewellyn Wendover (Harry Secombe) and Mrs. Dailey (Irene Handl), a socially ambitious lady hoping to find a wealthy match for her daughter Dawn. (Janet Mahoney)

Burke is pursued by the Master-at-Arms (Freddie Jones) who, correctly suspects that he does not have a ticket. Burke tries various ruses to try to escape him, including dressing up as a doctor. Eventually he is caught and exposed as a stowaway. Captain Spratt orders him to serve as an orderly, scrubbing the ship.

When the ships doctor falls ill, from a tropical disease, Burke takes over his duties. He is called into action when a Soviet cargo ship sends a request for help, as there is a patient with a severe case of appendicitis. Burke is transferred to that ship to perform the operation. By the time he has finished his own ship has departed, and he is forced to stay on board the Soviet vessel until it reaches Grimsby. By the time he goes to meet the cruise ship, as it returns home, he finds his girlfriend has got married to the ship's doctor, now recovered from his illness.

Meanwhile Dawn Dailey, having failed to snare Captain Spratt, decides to marry Wendover - only to find, once they have tied the knot, that he is not quite so wealthy as she had imagined.

Cast

Reception

The film receives two stars out of five in the Radio Times Guide to Films, which describes it as "innocently smutty" and feeling as been made up of "leftovers from Doctor at Sea".[1]

References

  1. ^ Radio Times Guide to Films p.382

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