Sunday, 5 December 2010

Hit The Deck 1927


Lowry mentions Hit The Deck in his filmscript for Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night in a sequence where the character Dick Divers walks past cinemas and theatres on Broadway in New York where this show is showing.

Hit the Deck wasa musical theatre production first staged at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway on April 25, 1927. It has music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Clifford Grey and Leo Robin and book by Herbert Fields. It is based on the play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne. It ran for 352 performances. The title refers to a nautical slang term that means to prepare for action (general) or to drop to a prone position on the ground (as a defensive response to hostile fire).

The songs:

"Hallelujah!"
"Harbor Of My Heart"
"Join The Navy"
"Loo-Loo"
"Lucky Bird"
"Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue)"
"What's A Kiss Among Friends?"
"Why, Oh Why"

Here's the trailer to the 1955 film version with some of the above songs:



Malc or his Dick Divers character may have traversed Broadway below



Both may have needed the breakfast below after a night's binge drinking:

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