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Higher and Higher (1943)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Millie Pico (as Michele Morgan)
Mike O'Brien
Leon Errol ...
Marcy McGuire ...
Sandy Brooks
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Georgia Keating
Katherine Keating
Marty (as Mel Torme)
Paul Hartman ...
Byngham (as Paul)
Grace Hartman ...
Ivy Scott ...
Mrs. Whiffin


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 <>

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The musical play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 4 April 1940 and closed on 15 June 1940 after 84 performances. The opening night cast included June Allyson, Lee Dixon (as Mike O'Brien), Vera-Ellen, Leif Erickson, Jack Haley (also in the film) and Shirley Ross. See more »


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 »


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:'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 »


Today I'm a Debutante
Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Sung by Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, Mary Wickes, Leon Errol,
and chorus
Michèle Morgan dubbed by Martha Mears
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This may not be the greatest movie ever made but......
4 August 2004 | by (Bournemouth, England) – See all my reviews

This may not be one of the best movies ever made but overall it's a very enjoyable, light-hearted piece of froth in which everyone involved seems to be having a good time. Highly recommended for it's feel-good factor alone. OK, so Frank Sinatra's "acting" leaves a lot to be desired but his singing is a great redeeming feature and the songs fit in perfectly with the romantic atmosphere of the film. Sinatra went on to make many more films where his undoubted acting ability shone through but in this, his first venture into Hollywood, his voice, not his acting, is his main contribution to this movie. I've just watched it again on TV and it still lifts my mood as much as it did the first time I saw it many many years ago.

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