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Higher and Higher (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  December 1943 (USA)
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With their employer bankrupt, servants scheme to marry maid Millie to a rich husband. But Frank Sinatra lives across the street...

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Millie Pico (as Michele Morgan)
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Mike O'Brien
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Sandy Brooks
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Georgia Keating
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Katherine Keating
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Marty (as Mel Torme)
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Byngham (as Paul)
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Hilda
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Ivy Scott ...
Mrs. Whiffin
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Formerly rich Mr. Drake is broke...with his household staff's wages seven months in arrears. Conniving valet Mike O'Brien hatches a scheme to pass off scullery maid Millie as Drake's debutante daughter and net a rich husband for the benefit of all. But all kinds of complications, romantic and otherwise, intervene... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE SINATRA SHOW


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Trivia

RKO purchased the rights to the play for $15,000, specifically to star Frank Sinatra, and the four songs he sings by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson were written to accommodate his singing style. He was billed third because the contracts with Michèle Morgan's and Jack Haley's prevented higher billing. See more »

Goofs

During the song "when it comes to love you're on your own" (c.62 minutes) the doorways have no panes of glass in them on the lower rows, as the house staff join in the song. See more »

Quotes

Cyrus Drake: Would you say I was inebriated last night?
Byngham: Oh no, sir. Although you did have Whiffen cook you six pancakes and you spent an hour trying to play them on the Victrola.
Cyrus Drake: Mmm...how'd they sound?
Byngham: Much better after you put the syrup on.
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Referenced in Night Court: Can't Buy Me Love (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Disgustingly Rich
(1940)
Written by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Lorenz Hart
Sung by Mary Wickes, Paul Hartman, Grace Hartman, Ivy Scott,
Leon Errol, Marcy McGuire, and Mel Tormé
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Higher than expected
17 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While a far cry from a "great musical classic" HIGHER AND HIGHER does have its moments. Most of them are provided by the young Frank Sinatra. As part of the Frnak Sinatra DVD collections, this flimsy musical showcases him well. I kind of liked Sinatra as the youngish, cute and innocent characters he played in this first films and up to FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. That's when he lost the "boyishness" and became a mature actor, which he handled with ease. HIGHER AND HIGHER has a cute plot that's really kind of a fairy tale, but fun. The supporting cast is really good and makes up for the plot line and contrivences. Michelle Morgan is well cast as the scullery maid turned debutante for plot purposes. Never cared for Jack Haley, but everyone else was fun. Look for a young Barbara Hale and Mel Torme. Most of the songs are well done and Sinatra could do no wrong in any of his numbers. My favorite I COULDN'T SLEEP A WINK LAST NIGHT. For some light fun and breezy entertainment, I recommend HIGHER AND HIGHER.


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