All Hands on Deck (film)

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All Hands on Deck
"All Hands on Deck" (1961).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byOscar Brodney
Written byJay Sommers
Based onWarm Bodies
1957 novel
by Donald R. Morris
StarringPat Boone
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byFredrick Y. Smith
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 30, 1961 (1961-03-30)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,500,000 (US)

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


Lt Donald (Pat Boone) of the US Navy is assigned to look after a troublesome sailor, Garfield (Buddy Hackett), who is from an oil-rich Indian tribe. He also romances journalist Sally Hobson (Barbara Eden).


Original Novel[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]

Diana Dors was mentioned as a possible co star but did not appear in the final film.[6] Jody McCrea made an early appearance.[7]

Filming started 14 November 1960.[8]

It was photographed in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color.[9]


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 on interviews with the cast.[10]


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[9][10]


  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. ^ FILMLAND EVENTS: 3 Story Purchases Announced by 20th Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Sep 1960: 24.
  7. ^ Jody McCrea, Boone to Star in Navy Film Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 10 Nov 1960: c11.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b Reid, John Howard. 20th Century-Fox: CinemaScope 2. [Morrisville, NC]: Lulu Press, 2009, pages 15-16, ISBN 9781411622487
  10. ^ a b Kibbey, Richard D. Pat Boone: The Hollywood Years. Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2011, page 190, ISBN 9781613461341

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