Step Lively

Step Lively

Frank Sinatra
Director: Tim Whelan Sr. Cast: Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
, George Murphy
George Murphy
, Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Tim Whelan Sr.

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Previously filmed as a so-so Marx Brothers vehicle in 1938, the John Murray-Alan Boretz Broadway hit Room Service 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2019
UPC: 0883929689798
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 57,325

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Glen Russell
George Murphy Gordon Miller
Adolphe Menjou Wagner
Gloria DeHaven Christine Marlowe
Eugene Pallette Jenkins
Walter Slezak Joe Gribble
Wally Brown Binion
Alan Carney Harry
Grant Mitchell Dr. Glass
Anne Jeffreys Miss Abbott
Frances King Mother
Harry Noble Father
George Chandler Country Yokel
Rosemary La Planche Louella
Dorothy Malone Telephone operator
Frank Mayo Doorman
Lee Murray Bellboy
Shirley O'Hara Krims Louise
Elaine Riley Lois

Technical Credits
Tim Whelan Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Claude E. Carpenter Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Warren B. Duff Screenwriter
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Ernst Matray Choreography
Gene Milford Editor
Peter Milne Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jule Styne Score Composer
Vernon Walker Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Step Lively
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [14:07]
2. Chapter 2 [9:56]
3. Chapter 3 [11:16]
4. Chapter 4 [8:33]
5. Chapter 5 [11:07]
6. Chapter 6 [13:19]
7. Chapter 7 [10:29]
8. Chapter 8 [9:31]

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