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Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 July 1948 (USA)
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

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Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Carson ... Peter Virgil
Janis Paige ... Elvira Kent
Don DeFore ... Michael Kent
Doris Day ... Georgia Garrett
Oscar Levant ... Oscar Farrar
S.Z. Sakall ... Uncle Lazlo Lazlo
Fortunio Bonanova ... Plinio
Eric Blore ... Ship's Doctor
Franklin Pangborn ... Rio Hotel Clerk
Leslie Brooks ... Miss Medwick
William Bakewell ... Dudley
John Berkes ... The Drunk (as Johnny Berkes)
Avon Long ... Specialty Singer
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Storyline

Socialite Elvira Kent suspects her husband of fooling around with other women. When he announces he can't join her on their scheduled ocean voyage, she hires a nightclub singer, Georgia Garrett, to pose as her on the cruise. Elvira stays at a hotel near home so she can spy on her husband. She's unaware, however, that her husband has hired a detective, Peter Virgil, to keep an eye on her at sea. Of course, Peter doesn't realize that Georgia is not Mrs. Kent... Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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From the Atlantic to the Pacific no musical ever so terrific! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

3 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance in High C See more »

Filming Locations:

Cartagena, Colombia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The cruise ship shown in the film is the S.S. America of the United States Lines. She entered service in 1940. In 1941 she was taken over by the U.S. Navy for use as a troop transport for WWII and renamed the U.S.S. West Point (AP-23). She was returned to passenger service in 1946 and served the United States Lines until 1964. Subsequently sold six times over the years, she ran aground and broke up off the Canary Islands while being towed from Greece to Thailand in 1994. See more »

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When Peter and Georgia are at the bar, a bartender sets down a bowl of potato chips near her. In the next longer shot, they are missing, but reappear in the following shot. See more »

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She's a Latin from Manhattan
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Day's first picture was simply terrific.
3 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Doris Day was a huge radio and recording star when she appeared in "Romance on the High Seas". However, she was not a movie star...as this is her first film. Some of this shows...particularly her makeup as she is very freckly...which I thought was quite cute but which the studios hid in subsequent movies. She went over very well regardless and Warner Brothers soon signed her to a seven year contract...and she soon became a mega-star in pictures.

The plot is a bit silly. Elvira Kent (Janis Paige) suspects her husband, Michael (Don Defore), is cheating on her. And, he suspects the same thing of her. So they each come up with a plan...she pays Georgia (Doris Day) to pretend to be her and take a cruise while she stays home and secretly keeps an eye on him. And, he hires a detective (Jack Carson) to take the cruise and follow Elvira and prove she's been cheating! But there's a problem...the detective slowly begins to fall in love with the woman who he THINKS is Elvira!

The plot is quite slight...but the picture excellent for many reasons. Carson and Day are simply terrific and Day sings some very lovely tunes. The picture also is quite romantic...and fun and made more so by the presence of some wonderful character actors (S.Z. Sakall, Franklin Pangborn and Oscar Levant). All in all, this is the sort of fun picture Warner Brothers could make best...and you can't help but enjoy it.

By the way, while Defore and Paige receive higher billing, clearly Doris Day was the star or at least co-star of the film. I guess the studio just didn't have much faith in her drawing power...but that wasn't to last!


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