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February 27, 2021

Romance on the High Seas: The Movie Debut of Doris Day in 1948

Romance on the High Seas (released in the United Kingdom as It’s Magic) is a 1948 American 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).

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $2,200,000 domestically and $1,025,000 foreign.

Doris Day’s motion picture premiere did not impress Bosley Crowther of the New York Times. According to the critic, “she has no more than a vigorous disposition which hits the screen like a thud.” As for the movie itself, Crowther found it “a scatterbrained comedy of errors.”

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of Doris Day during the filming of her debut movie Romance on the High Seas in 1948.


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