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 producers hotel suite, they land in the brig. But Danny’s father is a Rear Admiral…
Why care if its been done before? It’s still great!
Hit the Deck, Sing Hallelujah and Get Happy! Entertainment is on its way! The composers who wrote “Tea For Two” and “I Want to Be Happy” for “No No Nanette” also wrote a musical about the Navy in port long before Bernstein & Comden & Green got together for “On the Town”. There weren’t Jerome Robbins ballets or Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in uniform, no world war, just sailor on leave coming to see their girls. “Shore Leave”, the original play this was based upon, was also made as the Astaire/Rogers musical “Swing Time” with songs by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. 25 years later, the Broadway version of the original musical was back on the screen (a 1930 film version has apparently vanished from the face of the earth) and filled with MGM’s best musical contract players.
There are so many wonderful moments in this “let’s just have fun” musical comedy that there’s really nothing to complain about. It’s not “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers”, but it’s certainly no “Kissing Bandit” either. Such veterans as Walter Pidgeon (as Powell’s father), Jane Darwell and Alan King pop up as well to make this an entertaining treat that is sure to delight you!