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Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 July 1948 (USA)
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

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Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Carson ... Peter Virgil
Janis Paige ... Elvira Kent
Don DeFore ... Michael Kent
Doris Day ... Georgia Garrett
Oscar Levant ... Oscar Farrar
S.Z. Sakall ... Uncle Lazlo Lazlo
Fortunio Bonanova ... Plinio
Eric Blore ... Ship's Doctor
Franklin Pangborn ... Rio Hotel Clerk
Leslie Brooks ... Miss Medwick
William Bakewell ... Dudley
John Berkes ... The Drunk (as Johnny Berkes)
Avon Long ... Specialty Singer
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Storyline

Socialite Elvira Kent suspects her husband of fooling around with other women. When he announces he can't join her on their scheduled ocean voyage, she hires a nightclub singer, Georgia Garrett, to pose as her on the cruise. Elvira stays at a hotel near home so she can spy on her husband. She's unaware, however, that her husband has hired a detective, Peter Virgil, to keep an eye on her at sea. Of course, Peter doesn't realize that Georgia is not Mrs. Kent... Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

3 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance in High C See more »

Filming Locations:

Cartagena, Colombia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In her autobiography, Doris Day recalled that in her screen-test song, "A Rainy Night in Rio" (music, by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Leo Robin), director Michael Curtiz at first instructed her to move around in the frenzied film style of Betty Hutton. Doris then requested to perform the number in her natural, more sedate manner. See more »

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Peter Virgil: Look, don't worry. The slogan of my firm is 'Never kiss a client's wife'...
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Breezy, pleasant and loads of fun...Doris Day is a pro in her film debut!
15 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

It's hard to believe 'Romance on the High Seas' is Doris Day's first flick. She's awesome in a role originally intended for Betty Hutton--and everyone has a great time poking fun at manners and morals in this breezy sea breeze of a farce.

When Day and Jack Carson aren't coming up with one-liners, she takes time to sing some nifty tunes--among them, 'Put 'Em in A Box', 'It's You Or No One' and, of course, 'It's Magic'. Her rendering of the latter song in a Cuban nightclub is one of the highlights of the film--and her career. Never has she expressed the simple emotions of the lyric more beautifully with a honey of a voice that is always directly on pitch, warming the heart with great phrasing and tone. And her comedic skills are already in evidence here.

Especially enjoyable is her first night on board the cruise ship when she and Carson mistakenly dress up. "Nobody dresses on first night shipboard," Carson tells her. Posing as a society lady, she asks in cultivated tones, "Really? Don't they get chilly?" She turns and peers into the dining room. "This I gotta see!" she says in her own voice. She uses the cultivated tones to disguise herself as society lady (Janis Paige) whose identity she has taken.

The slim plot revolves entirely around the mistaken identity theme and it's all played for laughs with lots of punch lines. Doris has an amusing scene with the fabulous Eric Blore as a doctor who comes to check on her "illness" and ends up feeling weak when she checks his pulse.

Janis Paige, Don de Fore, S.Z. Sakall, Oscar Levant and the usual Warner Bros. stock players are all adept at this sort of thing. Highly amusing comedy with some great songs--easy to take and always good for a few laughs. Doris Day at the peak of her form.


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