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Hit the Deck (1955)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 March 1955 (USA)
Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck". After wrecking the producers hotel suite, they land ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Rowland
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Powell ... Susan Smith
Tony Martin ... Chief Boatswain's Mate Wm. F. Clark
Debbie Reynolds ... Carol Pace
Walter Pidgeon ... Rear Adm. Daniel Xavier Smith
Vic Damone ... Rico Ferrari
Gene Raymond ... Wendell Craig
Ann Miller ... Ginger
Russ Tamblyn ... Danny Xavier Smith
J. Carrol Naish ... Mr. Peroni
Kay Armen Kay Armen ... Mrs. Ottavio Ferrari
Richard Anderson ... Lt. Jackson
Jane Darwell ... Jenny
Alan King ... Shore Patrol
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Shore Patrol
The Jubalaires ... Navy Kitchen Vocal Quartette (as Jubilaires)
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Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck". After wrecking the producers hotel suite, they land in the brig. But Danny's father is a Rear Admiral... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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remake | navy | admiral | dancer | sailor | See All (12) »

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MGM's star-sparkling, laugh-loaded, song-splashed musical! See more »


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With Hit the Deck (1955), Joe Pasternak continued his long-standing tradition of using his films to establish crossover potential for pop and classical performers. Kay Armen had made a splash in nightclubs and recordings, and she received an 'introducing' credit in the main title. While this treatment would result in successful film careers for Deanna Durbin, Jane Powell, Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson and Connie Francis, the heavyset Armen did not catch on with movie audiences, despite her pitch-perfect, clarion-like rendering of the dynamic "Hallelujah!" See more »

Quotes

Chief Boatswain's Mate William F. Clark: Ginger, baby, I worship the ground you walk on!
Ginger: Now he's talking real estate!
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing Kay Armen See more »

Connections

Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Join the Navy
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Sailors in a show
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splat, in cinema scope
17 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

HIT THE DECK is a 1955 cinema scope mop up of MGM stars and talent whose contracts would have been soon to expire. A bit like a aircraft carrier version of DEEP IN MY HEART it hangs together a roster of singing and dancing talent but this time with ultimately fairly just-OK songs and energetic dance numbers. Still, even at its most bland it is still unable to be made in Hollywood today. The women are the most interesting talent on offer and whoever said Tony Martin had an audience apart from Mummas in delicatessens was truly misled. He is the most annoying part of this B grade musical with A grade MGM production values. Like he did with the Marx Bros films in the 30s. Kelly was making ITS ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER another 'sailors on leave' 1955 cinema scope MGM musical at the same time and that film with its Comden Green script and songs is light years ahead in sophistication and quality. Still HIT THE DECK has a two of very entertaining 'big' dance numbers, in particular the "finale" and the "Bayou" sizzler with its very erotic and blatant imagery and choreography. It is so out of place in this 'suburban' film as it is sooo good. The color is also very good for Eastman since MGM saw the error of their ways and stopped using horrible Ansco color which visually marred several big films in 53 and 54. This must have been as safe a bet in which MGM could expect to play out as many stars as possible in yet one more sailor musical. Russ Tamblyn and Debbie Reynolds are always cute in this era though.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fille de l'amiral See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (original master sound track)| Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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