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Six Hits and a Miss (1942)

 -  Short | Music  -  24 October 1942 (USA)
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A musical which begins with six men and a woman singing; then a dance number; finally, the six men and woman sing again.


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Cast overview:
Six Hits and a Miss ...
Themselves - Singers
The Dancing Colleens ...
Themselves - Dancers
Rudolph Friml Jr. and His Band ...
Herself (archive footage)
Paul Draper ...
Himself (archive footage)


An extended version of Warren and Dubin's "You've Got to Know How to Dance," played by Rudolf Friml Jr. and his band, in an elegant urban setting, sung by Six Hits and a Miss - she sings lead, they harmonize - and tap-danced on an elegant dance floor and wide staircases by the Dancing Colleens, with solos by Paul Draper and Ruby Keeler. It's white tie and tails for Paul and the other dancing men, white evening dresses for Ruby and the Colleens. Written by <>

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Release Date:

24 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters (1942-1943 season) #2: Six Hits and a Miss  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #A1062 See more »


Edited from Colleen (1936) See more »


You Gotta Know How to Dance
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Six Hits and a Miss with Rudolf Friml Jr. and His Band, and danced by The Dancing Colleens
Also danced by Ruby Keeler and Paul Draper from Colleen (1936)
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Not one of the better ones....
28 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the newest of the Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally had been more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff. However, starting during the war years these shorts began to have a narrator and purported to give a bit of background on the band leader.

"Six Hits and a Miss" is very unusual for a Melody Master in that the film is not named after a band leader and he and his band are really NOT the stars of this short. The title refers to a rather dull septet--with five neat guys singing along with a lady. The film also features the Dancing Colleens. I must admit that this routine was pretty spectacular--like one from an old Busby Berkeley musical. However, when the couple dance, the tapping sound appears to have been provided by the band--not their shoes. Finally, you see Rudolf Friml Jr. and his band. Overall, one of the duller entries into the series and why they named the short after this group, I have no idea.

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