All Hands on Deck (1961)

98 mins | Comedy | 31 March 1961

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writer:

Jay Sommers

Producer:

Oscar Brodney

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Production Designers:

Jack Martin Smith, Walter M. Simonds

Production Company:

Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

All Hands on Deck was initially titled Warm Bodies, after the 1957 novel by Donald R. Morris upon which it was based. In early 1960, the book was optioned by screenwriter Jay Sommers, who planned to produce a film adaptation through his newly formed production company, the 22 Feb 1960 DV noted. Several months later, on 27 Jul 1960, DV announced that Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. had taken over the screen rights, with plans to produce the picture as a “starring vehicle” for singer-turned-actor Pat Boone. As stated in the 6 Oct 1960 DV, Jack Mintz, who was hired as assistant to producer Oscar Brodney, was also enlisted to work on the screenplay; however, only Sommers received a writing credit on the final film.
       An item in the 9 Sep 1960 LAT indicated that Diana Dors was under consideration for the role of “Sally Hobson,” and the 17 Oct 1960 DV noted that director Norman Taurog wanted Tige Andrews for a “top comedy role” in the film. British actor John Richardson was also sought for a role, and the following actors were listed as cast members in various Nov 1960 DV items: Peggy Cass; Jack Grinnage; John Wilder; Paul London; Milton Frome; Ken Becker; Robert Sorrells; Robert Kino; and Joe Conley.
       Principal photography began on 14 Nov 1960, as announced in that day’s DV. Shooting took place in Los Angeles, CA, and possibly at the port of Long Beach, CA, where some of the action is set. According to the 18 Jan 1961 DV, production was set to ... More Less

All Hands on Deck was initially titled Warm Bodies, after the 1957 novel by Donald R. Morris upon which it was based. In early 1960, the book was optioned by screenwriter Jay Sommers, who planned to produce a film adaptation through his newly formed production company, the 22 Feb 1960 DV noted. Several months later, on 27 Jul 1960, DV announced that Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. had taken over the screen rights, with plans to produce the picture as a “starring vehicle” for singer-turned-actor Pat Boone. As stated in the 6 Oct 1960 DV, Jack Mintz, who was hired as assistant to producer Oscar Brodney, was also enlisted to work on the screenplay; however, only Sommers received a writing credit on the final film.
       An item in the 9 Sep 1960 LAT indicated that Diana Dors was under consideration for the role of “Sally Hobson,” and the 17 Oct 1960 DV noted that director Norman Taurog wanted Tige Andrews for a “top comedy role” in the film. British actor John Richardson was also sought for a role, and the following actors were listed as cast members in various Nov 1960 DV items: Peggy Cass; Jack Grinnage; John Wilder; Paul London; Milton Frome; Ken Becker; Robert Sorrells; Robert Kino; and Joe Conley.
       Principal photography began on 14 Nov 1960, as announced in that day’s DV. Shooting took place in Los Angeles, CA, and possibly at the port of Long Beach, CA, where some of the action is set. According to the 18 Jan 1961 DV, production was set to be completed the week of 23 Jan 1961. Roughly two months later, All Hands on Deck opened on 31 Mar 1961 in New York City. On 26 Apr 1961, it debuted in Los Angeles, where it played on a double bill with The Long Rope (1961, see entry).
       Onscreen credits acknowledge the cooperation of the U.S. Navy and the officers and men of LST St. Clair County. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Feb 1960
p. 8.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 1960
p. 1.
Daily Variety
29 Jul 1960
p. 1.
Daily Variety
12 Sep 1960
p. 8.
Daily Variety
6 Oct 1960
p. 3.
Daily Variety
10 Oct 1960
p. 1.
Daily Variety
17 Oct 1960
p. 7.
Daily Variety
17 Oct 1960
p. 10.
Daily Variety
2 Nov 1960
p. 1.
Daily Variety
14 Nov 1960
p. 1, 3.
Daily Variety
14 Nov 1960
p. 4.
Daily Variety
15 Nov 1960
p. 4.
Daily Variety
18 Nov 1960
p. 9.
Daily Variety
18 Nov 1960
p. 6.
Daily Variety
18 Jan 1961
p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
29 Jul 1960
Section B, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
9 Sep 1960
p. 24.
Los Angeles Times
27 Oct 1960
Section B, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
23 Apr 1961
Section L, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
28 Apr 1961
Section B, p. 9.
New York Times
1 Apr 1961
p. 10.
Variety
5 Apr 1961
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Warm Bodies by Donald R. Morris (New York, 1957).
SONGS
"All Hands on Deck," "I've Got It Made," "Somewhere There's Home" and "You Mean Everything to Me," music and lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Warm Bodies
Release Date:
31 March 1961
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 March 1961
Los Angeles opening: 26 April 1961
Production Date:
14 November 1960--late January 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 March 1961
Copyright Number:
LP19561
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
98
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lieutenant Victor Donald is the executive officer aboard a Navy LST operating out of Long Beach, California. His chief duty is to keep a watchful eye on the zany antics of Garfield, a Chickasaw Indian who has attracted the attention of Washington politicians because of his wealth. One day at the movies, Garfield becomes upset by the western picture being shown and tears the theater apart. Reporter Sally Hobson arrives to cover the story of the wild Indian, and Donald falls in love with her. The LST is ordered to make a trial run to the Aleutians, and Garfield smuggles aboard a pet turkey, which later mates with a pelican and produces a turkey-pelican egg. When the ship returns to Long Beach, a visiting admiral surprises the captain, Lieutenant Commander Brian O'Gara, with an inspection tour of the vessel. The admiral not only discovers the turkey and the unhatched egg, but he also uncovers Sally, who had sneaked aboard in an ashcan in order to be near Donald. The admiral's rage quickly subsides when he learns that Sally's uncle is chairman of the Navy Appropriations ... +


Lieutenant Victor Donald is the executive officer aboard a Navy LST operating out of Long Beach, California. His chief duty is to keep a watchful eye on the zany antics of Garfield, a Chickasaw Indian who has attracted the attention of Washington politicians because of his wealth. One day at the movies, Garfield becomes upset by the western picture being shown and tears the theater apart. Reporter Sally Hobson arrives to cover the story of the wild Indian, and Donald falls in love with her. The LST is ordered to make a trial run to the Aleutians, and Garfield smuggles aboard a pet turkey, which later mates with a pelican and produces a turkey-pelican egg. When the ship returns to Long Beach, a visiting admiral surprises the captain, Lieutenant Commander Brian O'Gara, with an inspection tour of the vessel. The admiral not only discovers the turkey and the unhatched egg, but he also uncovers Sally, who had sneaked aboard in an ashcan in order to be near Donald. The admiral's rage quickly subsides when he learns that Sally's uncle is chairman of the Navy Appropriations Committee. +

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

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