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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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ann Miller's character is named after Ginger Rogers who appeared with Fred Astaire in Follow the Fleet (1936), the film on which this movie is loosely based.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
A Kiss or TwoSee more »

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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Hit The Deck and Let's Have Fun, 12 April 2006
Author: joseph952001 from United States

When this movie first came out, we had just been exposed to Cinamascope, Cinerama, VistaVision, SuperScope, and Todd-A-O. People where in their living rooms watching television and movies were not making any money, so they had to think of a way to get everyone from in front of the television and back into the theaters, and the WideScreens, 3-D, and Stereophonic Sound did the trick! But, here's the problem, years later, with watching films like "Hit The Deck": We were all fans of actress' like Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds because most of us watched them grow up from children to adult players in films. Tony Martin was a very popular singer. Russ Tamblyn had the look of a Mormon making movies because Russ Tamblyn was/is an Mormon. Ann Miller took over as the Queen of the Taps when Elinor Powell retired, and Kay Armand was a very popular singer at the time. So, we enjoyed these performers and loved seeing them on that immense screen with the 3 channel stereophonic sound which was the Miracle of that Century, and, once again, if you have never experienced these movies like "Hit The Deck" on the large screen with its 3 channel stereophonic sound, then I can see why others in the later generations to come would not appreciate them. Especially when you have song writers like Vincent Youmans, who wrote the score for Hit the Deck, and other composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. Thank God, we can still enjoy these composers music today because it's been saved, and if you grew up in this age of the wonderful M.G.M. musicals, yes, even you, would admit that todays music, as the kids say, "Sucks"! This movie is just good old fashioned entertainment. Who needs a story line to get in the way of all this great music and dance numbers! Of course, sometimes things were predictable, such as when Tony Martin is singing "More Than You Know" to Ann Miller, and the look on her face is the same look she had when Fred Astair sang "It Only Happnens When I Dance With You" in the movie "Easter Parade", but who cared? So, we knew the formula: Give meets Boy, Girl and Boy Fight: Gir and Boy Get Back Together; Boy and Girl Find Out That All Along They Were in Love and Didn't Know It, and then the Extravagant Musical Finale with everyone in the audience feeling good that they saw the movie! The finale to this film with the whole cast singing "Halleluah" and Ann Miller tapping her feet off; the general energy you get from the last scene, made you want to dance out of the theater and on to the streets. Hell! Who needed anti-depressants in those days? Our anti-depressants were the energy that these wonderful musicals gave us! It's just a shame that they don't make musicals like this anymore! But, of course, I can see why! Who are you going to put in a song and dance movie musical? Leonardo Di Caprio?

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