Romance on the High Seas (1948)

97, 99 or 102 mins | Musical comedy | 3 July 1948

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Romance in High C . According to a 17 Jul 1946 HR news item, sequences were shot in Cartagena, Columbia, and in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil. This film marked popular band singer Doris Day's film debut and the beginning of her successful career at Warner Bros., to which she was under contract until the mid-1950s. According to modern sources, the role of "Georgia Garrett" was originally intended for Judy Garland, but negotiations with M-G-M fell through. The part was also offered to Betty Hutton, who subsequently became pregnant. Composer Jule Styne, who had heard Day sing "Embraceable You" at a party, then arranged for her to meet director Michael Curtiz. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's song "It's Magic" was nominated for an ... More Less

The film's working title was Romance in High C . According to a 17 Jul 1946 HR news item, sequences were shot in Cartagena, Columbia, and in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil. This film marked popular band singer Doris Day's film debut and the beginning of her successful career at Warner Bros., to which she was under contract until the mid-1950s. According to modern sources, the role of "Georgia Garrett" was originally intended for Judy Garland, but negotiations with M-G-M fell through. The part was also offered to Betty Hutton, who subsequently became pregnant. Composer Jule Styne, who had heard Day sing "Embraceable You" at a party, then arranged for her to meet director Michael Curtiz. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's song "It's Magic" was nominated for an Oscar. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Jun 1948.
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Daily Variety
8 Jun 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Jun 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 47
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 48
p. 3, 10
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 48
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Jun 48
p. 4190.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Jun 48
p. 4197.
New York Times
26 Jun 48
p. 10.
Variety
9 Jun 48
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Johnny Berkes
The Samba Kings
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Michael Curtiz Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus numbers orch and cond by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff photog
Spec eff photog
DANCE
Mus numbers created and dir by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor color dir
Assoc col dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'm in Love," "It's You or No One for Me," "The Tourist Trade," "It's Magic," "Put It in a Box," "Two Lovers Met in the Night," "Throw 'Em in the Deep Blue Sea" and "Run, Run, Run," music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Romance in High C
Release Date:
3 July 1948
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 26 June 1948
Production Date:
early June--early August 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Michael Curtiz Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 June 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1698
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
97, 99 or 102
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12521
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Michael and Elvira Kent love each other, but each jealously suspects the other of being unfaithful. On their third anniversary, Elvira visits a travel agent to plan a cruise to Rio and, while there, meets Georgia Garrett, an impoverished singer who amuses herself by planning trips that she can never afford to take. When Mike suddenly cancels the trip for business reasons, Elvira suspects that he is really staying in town because of his attractive new secretary, Miss Medwick. Lazlo Lazlo, Elvira's uncle and the owner of the pharmaceutical company that employs Mike, suggests that Elivra travel to Rio alone. Elvira then decides that she will pretend to leave town, sending Georgia in her place, and that way catch Mike in an infidelity. After Elvira plots the deception with Georgia, however, Mike announces that he will be finished with his business earlier than planned and will be able to join her in Rio. When Elvira nervously objects, Mike becomes convinced that she is having an affair and hires private detective Peter Virgil to follow her aboard the ship. The first night out, Peter and Georgia, who is posing as Elvira, meet and, from then on, spend all their time together. Peter reports to Mike that "Elvira" is definitely traveling alone, and to her dismay, Elvira discovers nothing untoward about Mike. Meanwhile, Georgia is almost exposed when Oscar Farrar, her pianist boyfriend, unexpectedly arrives on the ship. When she sees him, Georgia claims to be sick, and stays in her room. Despite her efforts, Oscar discovers her new identity and visits her cabin. Peter spots them through the porthole and ... +


Michael and Elvira Kent love each other, but each jealously suspects the other of being unfaithful. On their third anniversary, Elvira visits a travel agent to plan a cruise to Rio and, while there, meets Georgia Garrett, an impoverished singer who amuses herself by planning trips that she can never afford to take. When Mike suddenly cancels the trip for business reasons, Elvira suspects that he is really staying in town because of his attractive new secretary, Miss Medwick. Lazlo Lazlo, Elvira's uncle and the owner of the pharmaceutical company that employs Mike, suggests that Elivra travel to Rio alone. Elvira then decides that she will pretend to leave town, sending Georgia in her place, and that way catch Mike in an infidelity. After Elvira plots the deception with Georgia, however, Mike announces that he will be finished with his business earlier than planned and will be able to join her in Rio. When Elvira nervously objects, Mike becomes convinced that she is having an affair and hires private detective Peter Virgil to follow her aboard the ship. The first night out, Peter and Georgia, who is posing as Elvira, meet and, from then on, spend all their time together. Peter reports to Mike that "Elvira" is definitely traveling alone, and to her dismay, Elvira discovers nothing untoward about Mike. Meanwhile, Georgia is almost exposed when Oscar Farrar, her pianist boyfriend, unexpectedly arrives on the ship. When she sees him, Georgia claims to be sick, and stays in her room. Despite her efforts, Oscar discovers her new identity and visits her cabin. Peter spots them through the porthole and thinks that he has finally discovered Elvira's lover. Later, Georgia tells Oscar that she has fallen in love with another man. In Rio, Peter, still thinking that Georgia is Elvira, tells Mike that he has fallen in love with his wife. Mike immediately flies to Rio, and Lazlo advises Elvira to do the same. After much confusion, Georgia is hired for a high salary as a singer at a Rio hotel, and Pete learns her real identity. The couple are happily reunited, as are Mike and Elvira. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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