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French import Michèle Morgan was originally top-billed in this bright and breezy adaptation of the Broadway hit, but it's best remembered now as Frank Sinatra's first starring vehicle after becoming America's most popular teenage crooner. Sinatra performs
I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night
A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
, among others, and there's accomplished support from Jack Haley - the Tin Man in
The Wizard of Oz
- who re-creates his Broadway role. Less memorable are Mel Tormé and Victor Borge, neither of whom really cut it as movie players. Veteran director Tim Whelan doesn't get in the way, and went on to direct Sinatra's next at RKO,
One-time millionaire Mr Drake is bankrupt, but a valet hatches a plan to keep his boss rich and himself employed. He gets a scullery maid to pass herself off as Drake's debutante daughter, in the hope that a wealthy husband can be found for her. Musical comedy, with Jack Haley and Leon Errol, and featuring Frank Sinatra in his first film acting role.
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