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Step Lively (RKO 1944, Frank Sinatra, George Murphy)



Frank Sinatra makes it to the top of the credits in Step Lively, a musical version of the Broadway chestnut ‘Room Service’ (also the basis of the 1938 Marx Brothers film). When Sinatra follows up on the script and money he sent to producer George Murphy, he discovers the impresario rehearsing another show in his hotel room, a show paid for with Sinatra’s money.

Eugene Pallette offers backing from a mystery Broadway angel if his protegee Anne Jeffreys gets the lead. Meanwhile, the bills are mounting and hotel boss Adolphe Menjou wants his money. Sinatra sings Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne songs, including ‘As Long as There’s Music,’ ‘Come Out, Come Out,’ and ‘Where Does Love Begin.’

Step Lively was Frank Sinatra’s second film for RKO and his last for the studio before going under contract to MGM.

Academy Award Nomination for Best (Black-and-White) Art Direction.

production details
USA | RKO | 88 minutes | 1944
Director: Tim Whelan
Script: Warren Duff, Peter Milne, Allen Boretz, John Murray,

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