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Hit the Deck (1955) [Blu-ray]

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HIT THE DECK - Anchors Aweigh. On the Town, Hit the Deck. Hollywood has always known what to do with sailors on leave: Give ’em some pretty girls and some great songs and watch the fans line up to enlist! Hit the Deck hits all the right notes as three sailors (Tony Martin, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn) and three cuties (Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller) flirt, squabble, run afoul of shore patrol and of course, fall in love to a hit parade of Vincent Youmans tunes. Highlights include Miller’s polishing the floor as The Lady from the Bayou, Martin’s romantic mastery of More Than You Know and the stage-filling rouser Hallelujah. Music, romance, fun: don’t miss the boat!

Product Details

  • Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone
  • Directors: Roy Rowland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JG88WDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By JOHN GAYFORD on October 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is a pleasant musical of its period with excellently staged numbers, good songs and a talented cast. I've been looking forward to seeing it ever since I glimpsed that fabulous clip from it in "That's Entertainment" back in the 80s in which the cast did "Halleluja" (the finale). And who could fail to enjoy a movie with Ann Miller and Tony Martin in it? But, I have to say that one's enjoyment of it is badly impaired by the terrible quality of the video. It is appallingly framed from the Cinemascope original, cutting out characters and ruining the dance design - someone forgot to turn up the color, so that it's so pale it looks almost like black and white - and worst of all (for a musical in particular), it was obviously recorded on a dirty magnetic sound head, making the soundtrack hopelessly muffled and grating, like an old worn-out phonograph record. Subtle sounds are totally lost and only the loudest noises break through the fuzz. This is quite unacceptable and deeply disappointing to a collector. Whoever produces MGM home videos should be ashamed of doing such a disservice to one of the greatest archives in Cinema history (not to mention the customers). It seems as if the videos were copied without any monitor-control and packaged without being checked. Disgraceful. And it's not the only one! I'm still waiting for a decent copy of "An Ameriucan in Paris".
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You must not confuse this film with ON THE TOWN or ANCHORS AWEIGH.This film is based on the 1920's Broadway show and was in fact the first ever Sailors-on-leave musical. The dancing is phenomenal with Ann Miller kicking up a storm as the nasal-voiced Ginger,and the rest of the steller cast including such MGM Musical regulars Debbie Reynolds,Jane Powell,Russ Tamblyn,Vic Damone and Tony Martin.The wonderful Kay Arnem also puts in a great performance. It was produced by Joe Pasternak,the producer of most all films with Jane Powell.
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Hit The Deck, is my favorite musical, with Jane Powell. The music is fantastic, and she was my favorite singer and actress in musicals. The movie is about sailors & girls and a musical production. All the actors are great, and the singing and dancing wonderful. I would reccomend this for everyone who likes musicals. It is well worth viewing. I hadn't seen this movie since it came out in 1955, as it never was on TV, that I could see. Thanks, Amazon, for making it available. It is a spectacular film.
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The DVD release of 'Hit the Deck' is to be welcomed. Yes, the film was made near to the end of the 'great musicals from MGM' period and, perhaps, it does not rate as highly as some of this studio's earlier musical offerings. But, it does have one thing going for it - the music of Vincent Youmans. Even his peers acknowledged that Youmans wrote some of the most tuneful music one could hope for, as evidenced by the ever-lasting popularity of some of his greatest numbers, like 'Tea for Two', in which the verse is, perhaps, even more appealing than the refrain! So, play the 'Hit the Deck' DVD not so much for the visuals but rather for the words and music abetted by the marvellous arrangements/orchestrations of William Beittel and Robert van Epps, carrying on in the tradition for MGM musicals set by the great Conrad Salinger.

JOHN GRANT-SILVER
Prestwick, Scotland
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Hit the Deck is like every other musical made at MGM during the 1950s. It stars Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn, Gene Raymond and Walter Pidgeon. Basically the story is about three sailors (Martin, Damone, and Tamblyn) who are on shore leave in San Francisco. While they are there they break into the home of a famous producer (Raymond)and beat him up because one of the sailors (Tamblyn) feels that he is putting the moves on his sister (Powell) while she auditioning for a role in his show. The shore patrol gets a complaint from Raymond so they search for the sailors. During this craziness Martin joins up with an old flame of his, show girl Miller. He wants to marry her but she refuses because he waited too long to propose. Also Tamblyn falls for show girl Reynolds and Damone falls for Powell.

This movie includes some great numbers such as:

"Keeping Myself for You" sung by Miller and Martin and danced by Miller.

"Lucky Bird" Jane Powell sings and dances a little while she is gretting ready to go to her auditon or "Date".

"A Kiss or Two" In this cute number Debbie Reynolds sings and dances with sailors.

"Why Oh, Why?" This song is first sung by the guys then later in the movie by the ladies

"Sometimes I'm Happy" Jane Powell sings this number to Raymond for her auditon.

"I Know that You Know" Damone and Powell sing and dance to this number while they are outside.

"Lady from the Bayou" This is my least favorite number. I really like Ann Miller but I think her voice is horrible in this number. She does do some great dancing in this number though.

"Ciribiribin" Kay Armen plays Damone's mom in the movie and she sings this number to cheer everyone up.
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