Hit the Deck (1955)




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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.
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Walter Pidgeon
as Adm. Smith
Jane Powell
as Susan
Alan King
as Shore patrol
Tony Martin
as William
Ann Miller
as Ginger
Gene Raymond
as Wendell
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Jackson
Vic Damone
as Rico
Henry Slate
as Shore patrol
Kay Armen
as Mrs. Ferrari
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Critic Reviews for Hit the Deck

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The dialogue offers few surprises... The songs are old too.

Full Review… | March 28, 2016
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

With the limitations, [producer Joe Pasternak] has made it a pretty picture, replete with songs from the old footlight piece, complete with new lyrics and flashy production numbers.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

It apparently has not improved with age.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The familiar three-sailors-on-leave plotline gets a big shot in the arm in this musical, which features an outstanding cast, good production numbers, and nice visuals.

Full Review… | March 28, 2016
TV Guide

The sailors-on-shore-leave theme may be familiar, but this version of the 1927 stage hit (with a totally new story) is immensely entertaining.

Full Review… | March 28, 2016
Radio Times

It works as an amiable time killer.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Hit the Deck

Colorful musical with lots of talent involved, if only the script was better this would have been more memorable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Nice MGM musical, but second rate for them. Very colorful, a few good musical numbers but nothing outstanding. Fine but unimpressive cast, routine all the way.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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