Romance on the High Seas
|Romance on the High Seas|
theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Produced by||Alex Gottlieb|
|Screenplay by||Julius J. and
Philip G. Epstein
additional dialogue by
I. A. L. Diamond
|Based on||From a story by
S. Pondal Rios
and Carlos A. Olivari
Don De Fore
and Doris Day
|Music by||Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Musical numbers orchestrated and conducted by Ray Heindorf
|Cinematography||Elwood Bredell, A.S.C.|
|Edited by||Rudi Fehr|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.
A Michael Curtiz Production
|Box office||$2.1 million (US rentals)|
Romance on the High Seas, known in the United Kingdom as It's Magic, is a 1948 American Technicolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz, and starred Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore and Doris Day in her film debut. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Original Song for "It's Magic" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), and Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Ray Heindorf).
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 lack of interest in him, and when Peter spots them together, he thinks he has discovered the identity of Elvira's lover.
The film's third act is set in a Rio hotel, where all the principal characters converge and ride a merry-go-round of mistaken identities. Sorting out their true identities, resolving the crossed love plots, concludes the picture.
- "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 band 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.
The film was nominated for the following American Film Institute lists:
- 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
- 2004: AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs: "It's Magic"
- 2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals
- Variety 18 February 1948 p7
- "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
- "Alternative title (see Also Known As section)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- Hinton, Nigel (2008). Time Bomb (Reprint ed.). Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-1582462370.
- "Romance on the High Seas". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- Romance on the High Seas on IMDb
- Romance on the High Seas at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Romance on the High Seas at AllMovie
- Romance on the High Seas at the TCM Movie Database
- Romance on the High Seas at TV Guide (revised version of 1987 write-up originally published in The Motion Picture Guide)