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Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 July 1948 (USA)
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

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Airs Fri. Oct. 27, 4:45 PM on TCM

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

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Elvira Kent
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Oscar Farrar
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Uncle Lazlo Lazlo
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Plinio
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Ship's Doctor
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Rio Hotel Clerk
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Miss Medwick
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Dudley
John Berkes ...
The Drunk (as Johnny Berkes)
Avon Long ...
Specialty Singer
Page Cavanaugh ...
Page Cavanaugh
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Page Cavanaugh Trio
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Storyline

Socialite Elvira Kent suspects her husband of fooling around with other women. When he announces he can't join her on their scheduled ocean voyage, she hires a nightclub singer, Georgia Garrett, to pose as her on the cruise. Elvira stays at a hotel near home so she can spy on her husband. She's unaware, however, that her husband has hired a detective, Peter Virgil, to keep an eye on her at sea. Of course, Peter doesn't realize that Georgia is not Mrs. Kent... Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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From the Atlantic to the Pacific no musical ever so terrific! See more »


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Release Date:

3 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romance en alta mar  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In her autobiography, Doris Day recalled that in her screen-test song, "A Rainy Night in Rio" (music, by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Leo Robin), director Michael Curtiz at first instructed her to move around in the frenzied film style of Betty Hutton. Doris then requested to perform the number in her natural, more sedate manner. See more »

Goofs

In the first nightclub table scene, Georgia's hand is off the table in side-shots, and on the table in facial-shots. See more »

Quotes

Michael Kent: My wife is leaving day after tomorrow on a South American cruise and, well, she insists on going without me.
Peter Virgil: Hm. And to a man of your suspicious nature that means only one thing: Another man on the boat.
Michael Kent: Well, you see, I don't know, but that's what I want you to find out.
Peter Virgil: Well, you've come to the right man. I have handled so many of these cases.
[phone rings]
Peter Virgil: Excuse me.
[picks up phone]
Peter Virgil: Hello?...Oh yes, how are you?...Well, certainly I shadowed your wife. I hate to tell you this, but you were ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits is opened by a businessman's hand and each credit has a different tropical and paradise scene. See more »

Connections

Remake of Romance musical (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played during the wedding
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Grand Debut for Doris
23 March 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

One of the delights of "Romance on the High Seas" is the remarkable debut of Doris Day. Having replaced an indisposed Betty Hutton, Day stepped into this role with all the zest and zip that she brought to her total career.

It's rather amazing to me how accomplished Day was in her initial screen effort: her comedic work, singing, and general enactment was like that of a seasoned professional. All the infectious Day sparkle and spirit was there from the beginning, after only a brief period as a band singer.

Ably assisted by the multi-faceted Jack Carson, pretty other-woman Janis Paige, vulnerable foils Don DeFore and Oscar Levant, and top character actor S. Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, this Warner Bros. musical bounces along merrily. Fetching songs, a witty script, nice settings in Rio and Cuba, and a stylish specialty number by Avon Long keep things moving along right to the kaleidoscopic finale staged by Busby Berkeley.

"Romance on the High Seas" is a pleasurable way to spend an evening. As Doris's song goes, "It's Magic."


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