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FULL SYNOPSIS

Previously filmed as a so-so Marx Brothers vehicle in 1938, the John Murray-Alan Boretz Broadway hit was effectively musicalized in 1944 as Step Lively. The plot remains intact: Fly-by-night theatrical producer Gordon Miller (Groucho Marx in the 1938 film, George Murphy in the remake) struggles to keep his production and cast together, despite severe deficiencies in the money department. Hotel-chain supervisor Wagner (Adolphe Menjou) threatens to throw Miller and his actors off the premises, an eventuality Miller hopes to forestall until he can obtain $50,000 from a wealthy backer. Meanwhile, Glen Davis (Frank Sinatra), the author of Miller's play, shows up to see how things are going. Before long, Glen is swept up in a desperate plot hatched by Miller and his underlings Binion (Wally Brown) and Harry (Alan Carney) to stay in the hotel despite Wagner's efforts to oust them. Caught in the middle are hapless hotel manager Gribble (Walter Slezak), potential backer Jenkins (Eugene Pallette), Glen's sweetheart Miss Abboli (Anne Jeffreys) and Miller's leading lady Christine (Gloria DeHaven). This being a musical, the outcome hinges on Glen's hitherto untapped singing ability, which might save the day if he overcomes a bout of psychosomatic laryngitis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert S. D'Agostino Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carroll Clark Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Darrell Silvera Best Black and White Art Direction 1944 Nominee

Cast

Frank Sinatra
as Glen Russell
George Murphy
as Gordon Miller
Adolphe Menjou
as Wagner
Gloria de Haven
as Christine Marlowe
Eugene Pallette
as Jenkins
Walter Slezak
as Joe Gribble
Wally Brown
as Binion
Alan Carney
as Harry
Grant Mitchell
as Dr. Glass
Anne Jeffreys
as Miss Abbott
George Chandler
as Country Yokel
Dorothy Malone
as Telephone operator
Frank Mayo
as Doorman
Lee Murray
as Bellboy
Elaine Riley
as Lois
Lee Murray
as Bellboy
Dorothy Malone
as Telephone operator
Frank Mayo
as Doorman
George Chandler
as Country Yokel

Crew

Peter Milne
Screenwriter
Warren B. Duff
Screenwriter
Allen Boretz
Play Author
Robert de Grasse
Cinematographer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jule Styne
Composer (Music Score)
Darrell Silvera
Production Designer
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Edward Stevenson
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Ernst Matray
Choreography
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