Romance on the High Seas
|Romance on the High Seas|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Produced by||Michael Curtiz
|Written by||Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Carlos A. Olivari (story)
Sixto Pondal Ríos (story)
I. A. L. Diamond (add. dialog)
|Music by||Ray Heindorf
|Editing by||Rudi Fehr|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||June 25, 1948|
|Running time||99 minutes|
Romance on the High Seas (also known in the United Kingdom as It's Magic) is a 1948 Technicolor musical romantic comedy film starring Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, and Doris Day in her film debut.
Plot summary 
Elvira Kent (Janis Paige) and her husband Michael (Don DeFore) suspect each other of cheating. For their wedding anniversary, Elvira books an ocean cruise to Rio de Janeiro but her husband claims that unexpected business will prevent him from going. Seeing an opportunity, Elvira pretends to take the trip alone, but in fact sends singer Georgia Garrett (Doris Day), a woman she'd met at the travel agency, in her place and under her name. By secretly staying behind, Elvira hopes to find out if Michael is indeed sneaking around behind her back. Michael, however, is suspicious over Elvira's supposed willingness to go on the trip alone, and so hires private detective Peter Virgil (Jack Carson) to see if she is sneaking around behind his back.
Peter joins the cruise and, as part of his job, becomes acquainted with Georgia. Georgia, following the instructions of the real Elvira, keeps up the ruse by pretending to be Elvira to everyone, including Peter. Georgia and Peter are attracted to each other and gradually fall in love, which causes conflict for both of them.
During one of the cruise stops, Georgia's friend, Oscar Farrar (Oscar Levant), comes on board. Oscar is in love with Georgia despite Georgia's disinterest in him, and when Peter spots them together, he thinks he has discovered the identity of Elvira's lover.
- Doris Day as Georgia Garrett
- Jack Carson as Peter Virgil
- Janis Paige as Elvira Kent
- Don DeFore as Michael Kent
- Oscar Levant as Oscar Fararr
- S. Z. Sakall as Lazlo Lazlo, Elvira's uncle and Michael's employer
- Fortunio Bonanova as Plinio
- Eric Blore as the ship's doctor
- Franklin Pangborn as Rio hotel clerk
- Leslie Brooks as Miss Medwick, Michael's attractive new secretary
- William Blakewell as Dudley, the travel agent
- John Berkes as The Drunk (as Johnny Berkes)
- Avon Long as Specialty Singer
- Page Cavanaugh as Himself
- Sir Lancelot as Specialty Singer
- "Put 'em in a Box, Tie 'em with a Ribbon and Throw 'em in the Deep Blue Sea" – Doris Day and the Page Cavanaugh Trio
- "It's Magic" – Doris Day
- "It's You or No One" – Doris Day
- "I'm in Love" – Doris Day
- "The Tourist Trade" – Avon Long
- "Run, Run, Run" – Jack Carson
- "She's a Latin from Manhattan" – Doris Day
- "Romance on the High Seas" – The Samba Kings
- "Brazilian Rhapsody" (aka Cuban Rhapsody) – Oscar Levant
Originally conceived as a star vehicle for Betty Hutton, the film had to be recast when Hutton became pregnant (and thus unavailable). Other established stars like Judy Garland and Jane Powell were briefly considered, before Michael Curtiz was talked into auditioning Doris Day, a well known vocalist, but hitherto not considered an actress (despite some early appearances in 1940–1941 in a number of soundies). Her personal life was in some turmoil at the time, as her second marriage to musician George Weidler was ending, and this, combined with her evident nervousness, led her to deliver a notably teary, emotive version of Embraceable You at the audition. Impressed by her singing ability and fresh-faced good looks, Curtiz signed her to a film contract and cast her in the leading role of Georgia Garrett.
Despite the change in star and the late casting of Janis Paige, the film was financially successful. However, much of the dialogue and pacing (as well as the costuming, and delivery of the songs) suggests the origins of the role as a Huttonesque style heroine. This type of heroine would be more in line with the roles that Day would play later in the 1960s than the "girl next door" roles that would follow shortly after and make her famous in the early 1950s.
- Romance on the High Seas at the Internet Movie Database
- Romance on the High Seas at AllRovi
- Romance on the High Seas at the TCM Movie Database