Hit the Deck

Hit the Deck

Director: Roy Rowland, Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds

Cast: Roy Rowland, Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds

     
 

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Hit the Deck is the second film version of the same-named 1927 hit Broadway musical. Though updated for the 1950s, the basic plot remains the same. Sailors Tony Martin, Vic Damone and Russ Tamblyn spend their entire shore leave in pursuit of three beautiful gals. Martin is "that way" about Ann Miller, Damone is stuck on Jane Powell, and Russ Tamblyn only has

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Hit the Deck is the second film version of the same-named 1927 hit Broadway musical. Though updated for the 1950s, the basic plot remains the same. Sailors Tony Martin, Vic Damone and Russ Tamblyn spend their entire shore leave in pursuit of three beautiful gals. Martin is "that way" about Ann Miller, Damone is stuck on Jane Powell, and Russ Tamblyn only has eyes for Debbie Reynolds. Some fun is extracted from the fact that Tamblyn is the son of by-the-book admiral Walter Pidgeon. Additional comedy relief is provided by Alan King (the same!) and Henry Slate as a pair of dumb-dumb shore patrolmen. The Vincent Youmans-Leo Robin-Clifford Grey-Irving Caesar score includes such standards as "Sometimes I'm Happy," "I Know that You Know," and the showstopping "Hallelujah." The 1930 version of Hit the Deck, starring Jack Oakie, was filmed by RKO; that version was purchased by MGM and hasn't been seen publicly in nearly 70 years.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Gobs pursuing gals while on shore leave was a situation that had served musical movies well for many years (see On the Town, Follow the Fleet, Anchors Aweigh, etc.), but by 1955, it was a situation that needed some new twist if it wasn't to seem shopworn. Hit the Deck's screenplay doesn't find that new twist, and that fact -- plus some rather perfunctory dialogue -- keeps the film from being more than mildly entertaining. However, it does boast a starry cast that makes the proceedings enjoyable. The women come off rather better than the men, as neither Vic Damone nor Tony Martin are great shakes dramatically. Russ Tamblyn is somewhat better as an actor, and his dancing is exhilarating and energetic. Debbie Reynolds and Ann Miller are even more energetic, raising the roof with their several dance routines, and Jane Powell is bright and winning. Production values are very good, with a finale that for sheer size is breathtaking (and is wonderfully orchestrated). Vincent Youmans' score is another selling point, containing a number of standards and lesser known gems. Roy Rowland's direction is competent (nothing more), but Hermes Pan's choreography is always lively. By 1955, Hit the Deck's time had passed, but it's a pleasant enough throwback.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2014
UPC:
0888574128517
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
24,657

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Powell Susan Smith
Tony Martin Chief Boatswain's Mate William F. Clark
Debbie Reynolds Carol Pace
Walter Pidgeon Read Admiral Daniel Xavier Smith
Vic Damone Rico Ferrari
Ann Miller Ginger
Gene Raymond Wendell Craig
Russ Tamblyn Danny Xavier Smith
J. Carrol Naish Mr. Petroni
Kay Armen Mrs. Ottavio Ferrari
Richard Anderson Lt. Jackson
Jane Darwell Jenny
Henry Slate Shore patrol
Alan King Shore patrol
Jubalaires Themselves
Frank Reynolds Dancer

Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Irving Caesar Songwriter
Anne Caldwell Songwriter
Sidney Clare Songwriter
Herbert Fields Screenwriter
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer
Clifford Grey Songwriter
Paul Groesse Art Director
Howard Johnson Songwriter
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
John McSweeney Editor
Hermes Pan Choreography
Joe Pasternak Producer
George Rhein Asst. Director
Leo Robin Songwriter
William Rose Songwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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