Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Step Lively(1944).

Step Lively(1944). A musical film directed by Tim Whelan. Cast: Frank Sinatra. Step Lively was based on the play Room Service, by Allen Boretz and John Murray.

Gordon Miller, is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The trouble really begins when playwright Glen Russell, arrives.

This musical showcases a 19-year-old Gloria DeHaven and a 29-year-old Frank Sinatra, both in perfect voice. The songs are perfect: Where Does Love Begin (and where does friendship end), Some Other Time (I could resist you), Ask the Madam (she knows it all), and the Come Out (wherever you are). This is a film to watch just for the pure joy of it.

Gloria DeHaven (born July 23, 1925). Is the daughter of actor-director Carter DeHaven and actress Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers.

She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936). She was signed to a contract with MGM Studios, but despite featured roles in such films as, The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) and Summer Stock (1950), she did not achieve film stardom. She portrayed her mother in the Fred Astaire film, Three Little Words (1950).


  1. I own this movie. It is part of the Frank Sinatra Collection (one of them anyhow). Frank is so skinny here...skinnier than I've ever seen him.

    The music is fabulous...and Walter Slezak's character is quite funny. Really sweet movie.

  2. Patti, I saw this film for the first time, the other day when they had it on TCM. I agree... the songs are fab.