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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 <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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The Longest 10 Minutes of My Life
30 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe there was a time in our movie culture when audiences would have been entertained by short films like this.

Six Hits and a Miss was apparently an actual singing/dancing group in the 1940s, and this film is just 10 minutes or so of them performing while complex dance numbers unfold on screen. It goes on and on, with no real differentiation between the songs or dances, so that everything blends together.

It was a surprise to me to see fairly big-time director Jean Negulesco at the helm of this. He must not yet have made the transition to feature director, but he would be responsible later in his career for films like "Johnny Belinda" and "Three Coins in the Fountain."

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