Higher and Higher (film)
|Higher and Higher|
|Directed by||Tim Whelan|
|Produced by||Tim Whelan|
Jimmy McHugh (music)
Harold Adamson (lyrics)
|Edited by||Robert De Grasse|
|Box office||$2 million|
Higher and Higher is a 1944 musical film starring Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, and Frank Sinatra (in his film debut), loosely based on a 1940 Broadway musical written by Gladys Hurlbut and Joshua Logan. The film version, written by Jay Dratler and Ralph Spence with additional dialogue by William Bowers and Howard Harris, diverges significantly from its source.
The household staff of millionaire Cyrus Drake hasn't been paid for months when his bankruptcy is announced. With the wife and daughter of Cyrus on a long trip abroad, a scheme is formed to pass off the attractive young maid Millie as the socialite daughter, Pamela Drake, and marry her off to a rich man so there'll be money for all.
The valet, Mike O'Brien, helps with the transformation, unaware that Millie is secretly in love with him. Asked if she'd ever been courted, Millie mentions that she likes the way a young man next door sometimes sings to her. His name is Frank.
The social secretary Sandy begins to teach Millie the proper etiquette and how to walk and talk like a debutante. At a coming-out ball, where Georgia Keating, a high-society friend of the Drakes, wants her daughter Katherine to be considered the most desirable deb, Millie is nudged toward Sir Victor Fitzroy, a nobleman she should marry.
No one there knows Victor can't even pay his hotel bill. He's hoping to catch a rich girl to pay off his own debts. Millie isn't in love, but agrees to marry him for everyone's sake. Mike mistakenly thinks she's in love with Frank, so he helps Millie get out of the wedding at the last minute. To his surprise, Frank ends up paired up with Katherine, which frees Mike and Millie to finally begin their romance.
- Michèle Morgan as Millie Pico
- Jack Haley as Mike O'Brien
- Frank Sinatra as Frank
- Leon Errol as Cyrus Drake
- Marcy McGuire as Mickey
- Victor Borge as Sir Victor Fitzroy Victor
- Mary Wickes as Sandy
- Elisabeth Risdon as Georgia
- Barbara Hale as Katherine
- Mel Tormé as Marty
- Paul Hartman as Byngham
- Grace Hartman as Hilda
- Dooley Wilson as Oscar
- Ivy Scott as Mrs. Whiffin
The film made a profit of $780,000.
The film was nominated for a 1945 Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for the song "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night", and also for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture for Constantin Bakaleinikoff.
- AFI: Higher and Higher Linked 2013-07-17
- HOLLYWOOD SPREADS ITSELF By FRED STANLEY HOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 Feb 1944: X3.
- "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
- "Frank Sinatra - The Early Years Collection : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- Richard B. Jewell, Slow Fade to Black: The Decline of RKO Radio Pictures, Uni of California, 2016