15 user 12 critic

Step Lively (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Music | 22 January 1945 (Sweden)
Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic. Chaos increases when playwright Glen ... See full summary »


Tim Whelan


Warren Duff (screenplay), Peter Milne (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Whorf
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An innocent bank teller, suspected of embezzlement, is aided by an eccentric, wisecracking waiter.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, Frank Sinatra
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly
Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Ricardo, the milquetoast son of a Mexican bandit, would rather lead a quiet life in Boston. But the family would rather that he follow in his father's footsteps and become "The Kissing Bandit".

Director: Laslo Benedek
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, J. Carrol Naish
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A lawyer and two newlyweds get mixed up in mock mystery at a resort.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, Carole Landis
Pal Joey (1957)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets the former chorus girl ("She used to be 'Vera...with the Vanishing Veils'") and now ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Ocean's 11 (1960)
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During WW2, a platoon of Marines crash-lands on a tiny Pacific island occupied by a small Japanese unit.

Director: Frank Sinatra
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi


Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... Wagner
George Murphy ... Gordon Miller
Frank Sinatra ... Glenn Russell
Gloria DeHaven ... Christine Marlowe
Walter Slezak ... Joe Gribble
Eugene Pallette ... Simon Jenkins
Wally Brown ... Binion
Alan Carney ... Harry
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Gibbs
Anne Jeffreys ... Miss Abbott


Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic. Chaos increases when playwright Glen Russell, whose dramatic play he thinks Miller is producing, arrives. But it turns out Russell can sing like Sinatra, and Miller has leading lady Christine turn on the charm. Can Miller's crazed machinations save the show? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's Fun!


Comedy | Music


Passed | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 January 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor, Música e Sarilhos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The film is a musical rendering of the Broadway play, 'Room Service' which was also filmed and, later, performed on television. See more »


In the opening scene in the hotel lobby, there are three consecutive shots of a bellboy carrying a stack of packages where the position of the flowers sticking out of a long package reverses from shot to shot. See more »


Joe Gribble: They're not human beings! They're... actors!
See more »


Version of Room Service (1938) See more »


Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Gloria DeHaven, George Murphy, and chorus
Reprised by Frank Sinatra and Anne Jeffreys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Musical Remake of Room Service
23 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Step Lively is simply Room Service with a musical score by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. It was Frank Sinatra's second feature film role and it marked the first time he worked with that team of songwriters. There would be others, especially with Cahn who has the distinction of putting more words in Frank Sinatra's mouth than any other lyricist.

The original Room Service took place in the hotel suite of Gordon Miller, fast talking producer/conman and was originated by Sam Levene on stage and Groucho Marx on screen. George Murphy is certainly a lighter, gentler version of both of them. But he's passable enough in the part because we wouldn't want too much attention taken from Frank Sinatra.

Sinatra's role as the naive singer/playwright from Oswego was built up considerably from the original play. It was because of him that this film version was taken out of the one room setting of the original. His role was first played by Eddie Albert on Broadway and Frank Albertson with the Marx Brothers.

One song stands out in the score, As Long As There's Music which Sinatra really aces. Yet while Step Lively was being filmed at RKO and while it was out the recording industry was being struck by the musicians union. Additionally shellac which was needed to make those 78 RPMS was in short supply because of World War II. Sinatra never recorded the songs from Step Lively even after the strike was over. Yet As Long AS There's Music still became a hit. I have a version by Eddie Fisher on one of my record albums. Yet it's never identified with Sinatra.

Playing the roles that Chico and Harpo did are the comedy team of Wally Brown and Alan Carney, RKO's attempted answer to Abbott and Costello. RKO also got Adolphe Menjou and Walter Slezak to play the exasperated hotel managers and Eugene Palette had a memorable bit as the representative of Murphy's secret show backer who wants discretion in all things.

The female roles are from a pair of lovely RKO starlets who had substantial careers, Gloria DeHaven and Anne Jeffreys. So you can't say they didn't do all right by Old Blue Eyes.

On the strength of this film which did very well at the box office, MGM bought half of Sinatra's contract from RKO and he went on to make some great musicals in the Forties with them. But that's coming very soon.

Step Lively is both funny and contains some great singing by The Voice.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed