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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:
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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 »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Don't Give Up That Ship, 3 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The play Shore Leave was given another and final musical adaption in 1955 serving as a great showcase for some mighty talented stars at MGM. Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar wrote the original musical Hit the Deck for Broadway in the twenties and an film adaption was done in 1930 starring Jack Oakie. Then Irving Berlin did his own version for the screen in Follow the Fleet for Fred and Ginger.

Come 1955 and we have still another script retaining some of the Youmans-Caesar songs and adding several Youmans numbers from other shows. The songs are well integrated into the story since it involves some sailors on shore leave in San Francisco involved with some musical performers.

The sailors are Tony Martin, Vic Damone, and Russ Tamblyn. Martin and Damone are two of the best voices around and Tamblyn is a good dancer. They pair off with Ann Miller, Jane Powell, and Debbie Reynolds.

Martin is having trouble with Miller, they have a Nathan Detroit/Adelaide relationship long distance and she's tired of it. In the mean time Powell who is Tamblyn's sister is involved with a Broadway wolf played with relish by Gene Raymond. Both are the offspring of Admiral Walter Pidgeon.

Anyway our sailors rescue damsel in distress Powell and spend most of the film hiding from the Shore Patrol. One of the two Shore Patrolmen is played by Alan King who was appearing with Martin in his nightclub act and Martin got the part for him in Hit the Deck.

Powell and Damone had already been a screen team in Rich, Young and Pretty and also had appeared in Deep in My Heart together in a musical number. They do a two nice duets with a couple of noted Youmans songs I Know that You Know and Sometimes I'm Happy. Martin's big solo number is the famous More Than You Know trying to win Miller back. And our Ann dances to Keeping Myself for You, Bayou, and the Hallelujah finale number.

Up till Showboat, musicals in fact had thin plots for stories and were just an excuse for singing and dancing. Hit the Deck is a throwback to those days. But a nicely done throwback.

Of course Ann Miller is just fine, but why oh why didn't MGM cast Cyd Charisse opposite her husband? Missed another opportunity.

Look for Richard Anderson who has a small role as the aide to Walter Pidgeon. In a very understated way he's the one who brings about a satisfactory conclusion to one and all.

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