Based on the 1927 Broadway hit that ran 352 consecutive performances, HIT THE DECK is a lackluster rendition of the original show. This was RKO's second attempt at a big musical, but they didn't have the success that their first effort, RIO RITA, did. Even the 33% two-color Technicolor
sequences seemed of little help. The meager story concerns a sailor, Oakie, and the owner of a seaside cafe, Walker, who falls in love with him. The small plot seems an excuse to stage many musical numbers. Songs include "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Hallelujah," "Why, Oh Why" (Vincent Youmans, Clifford
Grey, Leo Robin); "Keeping Myself For You" (Youmans, Sidney Clare); "More Than You Know" (Youmans, Edward Elisco); "Billy Rose," "I Know That You Know" (Youmans, Anne Caldwell), and "Sez You--Sez Me" (Harry Tierney). Remade in 1936 as FOLLOW THE FLEET, with Fred Astaire, and in 1955 under the same
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