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Higher and Higher Details

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Higher and Higher was advertised by RKO Radio as "The Sinatra Show", and small wonder: In his first major film role, Frank Sinatra was easily the film's biggest box-office draw. Actually, Frankie was a last minute addition to the film, which began as a traditional adaptation of a popular Broadway musical. Repeating his original stage role, Jack Haley plays Mike, the head servant in the household of millionaire Mr. Drake (Leon Errol). When Drake faces bankruptcy, Mike rallies the servants together and cooks up a moneymaking scheme: they'll pass off pretty scullery maid Millie (Michele Morgan) as Drake's daughter, and marry her off to a wealthy bachelor. Complicating matters is Sir Bictor Fitzroy Victor (Victor Borge), an impoverished nobleman who is himself looking for a rich wife. Mike saves the day with a last-minute discovery in the wine cellar, but not before a series of hilarious and tuneful plot twists involving Millie, heiress Katherine (Barbara Hale), and hired help Mickey (Marcy McGuire) and Marty (Mel Torme). Hastily written into the proceedings as Drake's next door neighbor, Sinatra croons several standards-to-be, including "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" and "This is a Lovely Way to Spend an Evening"; he also is arbitrarily permitted the film's closing shot, emerging from heavenly clouds like the Second Coming of Music. Thanks to the film's enormous box-office take, everybody was happy with Higher and Higher--except Jack Haley, understandably miffed that his onetime starring role was whittled down to a supporting part to allow more screen time for the estimable Mr. Sinatra. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harold Adamson Best Song 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Constantin Bakaleinikoff Best Score - Musical 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jimmy McHugh Best Song 1944 Nominee

Cast

Michèle Morgan
as Millie
Jack Haley
as Mike O'Brien
Frank Sinatra
as Himself
Leon Errol
as Cyrus Drake
Mel Tormé
as Marty
Daun Kennedy
as Bridesmaid
Mary Wickes
as Sandy
Edward Fielding
as Minister
Marcy McGuire
as Mickey
Elaine Riley
as Bridesmaid
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Keating
Ivy Scott
as Miss Whiffin
Grace Hartman
as Hilda
Harry Holman
as Banker
Dorothy Malone
as A Bridesmaid
Rita Gould
as Woman Assistant
Rex Evans
as Mr. Green
Warren Jackson
as Contractor
Buddy Gorman
as Page Boy
Tanis Chandler
as Debutante
Barbara Hale
as Catherine Keating
Dooley Wilson
as Oscar

Crew

Gladys Hurlbut
Play Author
Howard Harris
Screenwriter
William Bowers
Screenwriter
Ralph Spence
Screenwriter
Jay Dratler
Screenwriter
Joshua Logan
Play Author
Robert de Grasse
Cinematographer
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Jimmy McHugh
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Okey
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Edward Stevenson
Costume Designer
Ernst Matray
Choreography
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