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Six Hits and a Miss (1942)

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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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Short | Music





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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31 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Six Hits and a Miss (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Six Hits and a Miss are actually a group but it's doubtful too many people will remember them today. They, along with The Dancing Colleens, are in the spotlight for this Vitaphone short, which is nine minutes of nice entertainment. Six Hits and a Miss sing "You Gotta Know How to Dance" while the Colleens' do the dancing. There were dozens, if not hundreds, of musicals like this one but I couldn't help but think of CITIZEN KANE while watching this thing. No, this isn't that great of a film or anywhere close to it but the movie is certainly very ambitious and I did wonder if director Negulesco was trying to bring some of that Welles flair to the movie. Just look at the various crane shots, scooping shots and just the overall camera movements. The music and dancing are always good in these films and that's the case here but more than that it was the visual style that really kept me entertained.

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