All Hands on Deck (film)

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All Hands on Deck
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Oscar Brodney
Written by Jay Sommers
Based on novel Warm Bodies by Donald R. Morris
Starring Pat Boone
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates 1961
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,115,000[1]
Box office $1,500,000 (US)

All Hands on Deck is a 1961 feature film musical starring Pat Boone as a naval officer and directed by Norman Taurog. It is based on the novel "Warm Bodies" by Donald R. Morris.

Plot[edit]

Lt Donald of the US Navy is assigned to look after a troublesome sailor, Garfield, who is from an oil-rich Indian tribe. He also romances journalist Sally Hobson.

Cast[edit]

Background[edit]

The film was based on a 1957 novel, Warm Bodies by Donald R. Morris, based on his experiences in the Navy. The New York Times described it as "a delightful book, fresh, warmhearted and full of fun."[2] The Los Angeles Times called it "the best funny novel about the navy since... Mr Roberts".[3]

In 1958 screenwriter Jay Sommers optioned the rights to the novel and wrote a script, which he succeeded in selling to 20th Century Fox as a vehicle for Pat Boone. Part of the deal was that Sommers was kept on as writer; Oscar Brodney was assigned to produce.[4]

It was Pat Boone's first movie in a number of months. He had been studying with Sanford Meisner for two years and felt in this movie he was finally a "good actor".[5]

Jody McCrea made an early appearance.[6]

Filming started 14 November 1960.[7]

It was photographed in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color.[8]

Release[edit]

The studio did not create a pressbook to market the film in the rush to release it. Instead, the studio's marketing of the film centered around interviews with the cast.[9]

Songs[edit]

The film features four songs by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston:

  • All Hands on Deck
  • Somewhere There's Home
  • There's No One Like You
  • I've Got It Made[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253
  2. ^ The Navy Did It His Way By E.B. GARSIDE. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 27 Oct 1957: BR2.
  3. ^ THE BOOK REPORT Kirsch, Robert R. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 10 Dec 1957: B5.
  4. ^ Michael A. Hoey, Elvis' Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Film Career of Norman Taurog, Bear Manor Media 2013
  5. ^ Rumors Have Marlon Married to Movita By Dorothy Kilgallen. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 12 Mar 1961: G3.
  6. ^ Jody McCrea, Boone to Star in Navy Film Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 10 Nov 1960: c11.
  7. ^ Harrison, Portman Up for 'Sherlock': Stevens Directs Gail Russell; Production in Spurt at 20th Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Nov 1960: B7.
  8. ^ a b Reid, John Howard. 20th Century-Fox: CinemaScope 2. [Morrisville, NC]: Lulu Press, 2009, pages 15-16, ISBN 9781411622487
  9. ^ a b Kibbey, Richard D. Pat Boone: The Hollywood Years. Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2011, page 190, ISBN 9781613461341

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