In his first starring role on the screen Frank Sinatra at least gets in no one's way. Though a bit stiff on occasion and not as photogenic as may be desired, he generally handles himself ably in song as well as a few brief dialog scenes.
In his first starring role on the screen Frank Sinatra at least gets in no one’s way. Though a bit stiff on occasion and not as photogenic as may be desired, he generally handles himself ably in song as well as a few brief dialog scenes.The song-studded story [based on the 1940 legit musical by Rodgers & Hart] is laid principally in the mansion of Leon Errol, who learns, as it opens, that he has gone bankrupt and will have to vacate unless getting up a hunk of coin in a hurry. His valet (Jack Haley) gets the bright idea of picking one of the servants (Michele Morgan), having her pose as Errol’s daughter, and getting her married off. Since none of the long list of servants in Errol’s employ has been paid in many months, a corporation is formed in order to include them in the deal. All the musical numbers have been expertly staged by Ernst Matra, with fast pace and novelty a commanding characteristic of Matra’s work. This is also particularly true of Whelan’s direction, while his production backgrounds are all that may be desired.
Higher and Higher
RKO. Dir Tim Whelan; Producer Tim Whelan; Screenplay Jay Dratler, Ralph Spence, William Bowers, Howard Harris; Camera Robert De Grasse; Editor Gene Milford; Music Richard Rodgers
(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 90 MIN.
Michele Morgan Jack Haley Frank Sinatra Leon Errol Victor Borge Mel Torme