Hit the Deck


1h 43m 1930

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 23, 1930
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 14 Jan 1930
Production Company
RKO Productions
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical Hit the Deck , book by Herbert Fields, lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey, music by Vincent Youmans (New York, 25 Apr 1927) and the play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne (New York, 8 Aug 1922).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Color
Black and White, Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
9,327ft (12 reels)

Synopsis

When the U.S. Fleet returns from a cruise, sailors congregate at Looloo's coffeeshop. Mrs. Payne, a wealthy society matron, drops into the shop with Admiral Payne and Lieutenant Allen and shows an interest in Looloo's heirloom necklace. Later, Bilge Smith arrives with Clarence, Lavinia's runaway sweetheart, and promptly falls for Looloo, to whom he reveals his ambitions to captain his own ship, then is carried off by his shipmates. Looloo sells the necklace to Mrs. Payne to help Bilge. When the fleet returns, the shop has been converted into a "home." To find her sweetheart, Looloo arranges with Mrs. Payne to give a party for the men. She accepts Bilge's proposal and offended at her for offering him money to help him obtain his own ship, he leaves but returns to her after being ousted form the service. When Looloo convinces him that she no longer has any money, they plan to marry.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 23, 1930
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 14 Jan 1930
Production Company
RKO Productions
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical Hit the Deck , book by Herbert Fields, lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey, music by Vincent Youmans (New York, 25 Apr 1927) and the play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne (New York, 8 Aug 1922).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Color
Black and White, Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
9,327ft (12 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

This is, apparently, a lost film. Only the soundtrack to one reel is known to survive.

Notes

For information on other films based on the Hubert Osborne play, please consult the entry for the 1936 RKO film Follow the Fleet, directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1930

Released in United States 1930