The DVD release of 'Hit the Deck' is to be welcomed. Yes, the film was made near to the end of the 'great musicals from MGM' period and, perhaps, it does not rate as highly as some of this studio's earlier musical offerings. But, it does have one thing going for it - the music of Vincent Youmans. Even his peers acknowledged that Youmans wrote some of the most tuneful music one could hope for, as evidenced by the ever-lasting popularity of some of his greatest numbers, like 'Tea for Two', in which the verse is, perhaps, even more appealing than the refrain! So, play the 'Hit the Deck' DVD not so much for the visuals but rather for the words and music abetted by the marvellous arrangements/orchestrations of William Beittel and Robert van Epps, carrying on in the tradition for MGM musicals set by the great Conrad Salinger.