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Hit the Deck -- Three sailors come ashore and take the city by storm, but can they winthe hearts of three women by song?


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Release Date:
4 March 1955 (USA) See more »
Broadway's hit musical hits the screen splashed with COLOR and sensational CINEMASCOPE See more »
Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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MGM's last gasp of a musical before the genre was out... See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Powell ... Susan Smith

Tony Martin ... Chief Boatswain's Mate Wm. F. Clark

Debbie Reynolds ... Carol Pace

Walter Pidgeon ... Rear Adm. Daniel Xavier Smith

Vic Damone ... Rico Ferrari
Gene Raymond ... Wendell Craig

Ann Miller ... Ginger

Russ Tamblyn ... Danny Xavier Smith

J. Carrol Naish ... Mr. Peroni
Kay Armen ... Mrs. Ottavio Ferrari

Richard Anderson ... Lt. Jackson

Jane Darwell ... Jenny

Alan King ... Shore Patrol
Henry Slate ... Shore Patrol
The Jubilaires ... Themselves (as Jubilaires)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Burton ... Commander (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Military Officer (uncredited)
John Close ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Audience Member (uncredited)
John Damler ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Burnell Dietch ... Sailor / Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Dix ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Alvin Greenman ... George - Machinist Mate 3rd Class (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Eddie (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond haired emsemble singer dancer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Lieutenant - Operaton Mud Pie (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Frank Reynolds ... Dancer (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Military Officer (uncredited)
Frances E. Williams ... Mabel (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Rowland 
Writing credits
Sonya Levien (written by) and
William Ludwig (written by)

Herbert Fields (based on: the musical play "Hit the Deck" by)

Vincent Youmans (presented on the stage by)

Hubert Osborne (from: "Shore Leave")

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
John McSweeney Jr. (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (set decorations) (as Fred MacLean)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Al Alt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor
Kurt Hernfeld .... sound editor (uncredited)
Walter March .... sound editor (uncredited)
Arthur H. Pullen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Charles Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz .... stunt double (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... vocal supervisor
Will Beitel .... orchestral arrangements
Irving Caesar .... lyrics by
Clifford Grey .... lyrics by
Hermes Pan .... stager: musical numbers
Leo Robin .... lyrics by
George Stoll .... conductor
George Stoll .... music supervisor
Robert Van Eps .... orchestral arrangements
Vincent Youmans .... music by
Clark Burroughs .... singing voice: Russ Tamblyn (uncredited)
Rex Dennis .... singing voice: Russ Tamblyn (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Blue .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer and staging (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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112 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (original master sound track) | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #17270) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

The "Funhouse" segment starring Debbie Reynolds and Russ Tamblyn, which lasts four and one half minutes on screen, took three days to film.See more »
Chief Boatswain's Mate William F. Clark:Ginger, baby, I worship the ground you walk on!
Ginger:Now he's talking real estate!
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Happy BirthdaySee more »


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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
MGM's last gasp of a musical before the genre was out..., 23 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Another of MGM's sailors-on-leave musicals, a small-time 'On the Town' designed to utilize their formidable roster of singing and dancing talent. Tony Martin, Vic Damone and Russ Tamblyn are the sailors on leave in San Francisco. The girls they meet are Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Debbie Reynolds. With the Shore Patrol headed by comic Alan King, you can be sure everything's played for laughs before matters get straightened out.

The grand finale aboard ship is a show-stopping number and for this the letterbox format is used to take full advantage of the choreography and music staged by Hermes Pan. In the tradition of 'On the Town' and 'Anchors Aweigh' (but with much more modest results), this is a happy go lucky musical that aims to please but falls just a bit short of its mark. No fault of the performers--they're all fine. It's the weak script based on a 1927 Broadway smash, updated for so-so results.

Jane Powell and Vic Damone are in fine voice, and Russ Tamblyn and Ann Miller provide plenty of top-notch dancing. If you're in the mood for the shore leave kind of musical, this will do nicely.

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