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Higher and Higher (1943)

With their employer bankrupt, servants scheme to marry maid Millie to a rich husband. But Frank Sinatra lives across the street...

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writers:

Jay Dratler (screen play), Ralph Spence (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michèle Morgan ... Millie Pico (as Michele Morgan)
Jack Haley ... Mike O'Brien
Frank Sinatra ... Frank
Leon Errol ... Cyrus Drake
Marcy McGuire ... Mickey
Victor Borge ... Sir Victor Fitzroy Victor
Mary Wickes ... Sandy Brooks
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Georgia Keating
Barbara Hale ... Katherine Keating
Mel Tormé ... Marty (as Mel Torme)
Paul Hartman ... Byngham (as Paul and Grace Hartman)
Grace Hartman Grace Hartman ... Hilda (as Paul and Grace Hartman)
Dooley Wilson ... Oscar
Ivy Scott Ivy Scott ... Mrs. Whiffin
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Storyline

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cada vez más alto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Harry Holman (Banker) and Warren Jackson (Contractor) 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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Connections

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op.67
(1809) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
The first four notes played on piano by Victor Borge twice
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This may not be the greatest movie ever made but......
4 August 2004 | by phvivianSee 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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