Hit the Deck, 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 producer’s hotel suite, they land in the brig. But Danny’s father is a Rear Admiral…
An underrated MGM musical with a great cast
Hit the Deck, This is a really fun musical with all likable characters. Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds & Ann Miller play the girls and Tony Martin, Vic Damone & Russ Tamblyn play the guys. The great Walter Pidgeon plays the father of Jane and Russ. Tony tries to win back his old gal Ann. Russ romances Debbie and Jane is stuck with a womanizer until she meets up with Vic. I liked all three pairings in the film, they fit perfectly. Ann & Russ show their talents as great dancers. Jane, Tony & Vic show off their wonderful voices and Debbie does both well. Ann and Debbie have some numbers to show off their great pair of legs. I just love the blue dress Debbie wears at the end. Her legs are gorgeous. I think they gave Debbie the best three musical numbers. I felt Jane was underused a little bit. Jane does a cute number with a penguin and does a couple of nice duets. I would have liked to see Jane’s legs showcased. She also has a great body. I don’t know why some people pick on this film. The cast is just wonderful and there are some nice songs and the devil’s funhouse dance number with Debbie and Russ is a highlight. It’s not my favorite musical, but it is one of the better ones.
The dying days of MGM musicals. No Sinatra. No Kelly. But it has some spectacular classic songs by Vincent Youmans. Plus 2 of the finest voices of all time singing together:
Tony Martin & Vic Damone. AND superior musical arrangements & Russ Tamblyn dancing.
Never mind the negative reviews elsewhere. They do not make them like this any more. For sure. So enjoy it! Great musical!!