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Romance on the High Seas

Romance on the High Seas
theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Michael Curtiz
Alex Gottlieb
Written by Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Carlos A. Olivari (story)
Sixto Pondal Ríos (story)
I. A. L. Diamond (add. dialog)
Starring Jack Carson
Janis Paige
Don DeFore
Doris Day
Music by Ray Heindorf
Oscar Levant
Cinematography Elwood Bredell
Edited by Rudi Fehr
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • June 25, 1948 (1948-06-25)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Romance on the High Seas, 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. 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).


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Songs 3
  • Productions 4
  • External links 5


Doris Day as Georgia Garrett

Elvira Kent (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 (

External links

Originally conceived as a star vehicle for Janis Paige, the film was financially successful.


  • "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


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