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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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You've Got To Know How To Dance
17 August 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Today, this Vitaphone movie short from World War II plays like a big band swing music video spotlighting the Harry Warren/Al Dubin ditty, "You've Got To Know How To Dance." The one-reeler begins with The Six Hits and a Miss warbling the lyrics, the Miss singing lead, the Six Hits surrounding her as backup chorus and harmony. The Six Hits and A Miss were popular rivals to such swing acts as The Andrews Sisters until the war intervened and took two of the Six Hits away to join Uncle Sam overseas. Somehow, The Four Hits and a Miss just didn't jell with the public. As a result, the top of their career, performing in the Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney extravaganza, "Girl Crazy," was also their swan song.

Though the Six Hits and a Miss begin and end the short, most of the film consists of inserts from the lackluster musical "Colleen," featuring Ruby Keeler and Paul Draper emulating Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire with some showy tap dancing. The choreography utilized in the "Colleen" sequence is obviously influenced (or maybe copied is a better word) by that of the inimitable Busby Berkeley.

"Six Hits and a Miss" is recommended for big band swing fans who enjoy the music of the World War II era. Others beware.

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