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Writers:
Sonya Levien (written by) and
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Release Date:
4 March 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Broadway's hit musical hits the screen splashed with COLOR and sensational CINEMASCOPE See more »
Plot:
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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One of MGM's lesser efforts that does feature a very hummable score... See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (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)
John Close ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Audience Member (uncredited)
John Damler ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Burnell Dietch ... Sailor / Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Dix ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Alvin Greenman ... George - Machinist Mate 3rd Class (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Eddie (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Lieutenant - Operaton Mud Pie (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Frank Reynolds ... Dancer (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ... Sailor (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)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
112 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
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Color:
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (original master sound track) | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #17270)

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Trivia:
The 2008 DVD from Warner Home Video contains the audio of a Jane Powell-Vic Damone duet, "Sometimes I'm Happy" (music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar). A solo version by Jane is presented in the released film.See more »
Quotes:
Susan Smith:This morning I had four men fighting over me. Now I've got nothing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Just One More Time (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lucky BirdSee more »

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0 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of MGM's lesser efforts that does feature a very hummable score..., 27 February 2008
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

HIT THE DECK is MGM's 1955 remake of a 1930 musical about sailors on leave and the girls they romance, which despite the accustomed MGM gloss and some nice songs by Vincent Youmans, still fails to make the impact of a SINGIN IN THE RAIN or THE BAND WAGON. The paper-thin story finds Vic Damone romancing Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn chasing Debbie Reynolds and an energetic Ann Miller finds herself involved with the forever wooden Tony Martin. The score includes "Sometimes I'm Happy" a dreamy ballad crooned by Damone, "I Know that You Know" a cute duet with Damone and Powell and the rousing "Hallelujah!" led by the effervescent Kay Armen. My favorite number in the film is a 3-way duet sung by the six leads called "Why Oh WHy?", but none of this makes up for the fact that this is one of the weakest products from the MGM dream factory.

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