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Hit the Deck (1955)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 March 1955 (USA)
4:07 | Trailer
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 »


Roy Rowland


William Ludwig (screenplay), Sonya Levien (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »





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)


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 (13) »


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


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Did You Know?


In "The Lady From the Bayou," Ann Miller's wailing notes at the end of her vocal were dubbed by Kitty White. See more »


Susan Smith: This morning I had four men fighting over me. Now I've got nothing.
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing Kay Armen See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler (1995) See more »


Happy Birthday
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Tony Martin, Russ Tamblyn, Vic Damone and Chorus
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Ignore the Nay-Sayer Reviews...
27 May 2018 | by CoolKatGretchSee all my reviews

Having watched this recently on TCM and not being familiar with the film beforehand, I was drawn in by the quick pace and competent acting, not to mention the pretty leading gals Reynolds and Miller.. quite satisfying eye candy. But then.. came the "fun-house" musical number towards the end and that just blew me away: I mean 'psychedelic' before the word existed, perhaps surreal in contemporaneous nomenclature. That segment stood out as the perhaps the very best part, it was a thrill to watch the choreographed-to-the-second, wild and unpredictable ride of a dance routine! That film was a lot of fun to watch on a lonely night home. So reviewer whoever-you-are that hates every movie unless it has something blowing up every twelve seconds, perhaps stick to writing up Popeye cartoons where the plots and characters aren't too complex for your limited imagination. I recommend movie this as essential viewing for every musical fan.. it won't disappoint.

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Release Date:

4 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit the Deck See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

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


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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