Higher and Higher

Higher and Higher

Tim Whelan (1943)

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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 and 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, Step Lively.


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.

Cast & Crew

Millie Michèle Morgan
Frank Frank Sinatra
Mike Jack Haley
Drake Leon Errol
Mickey Marcy McGuire
Sir Victor Fitzroy Victor Victor Borge
Sandy Mary Wickes
Mrs Keating Elisabeth Risdon
Katherine Barbara Hale
Marty Mel Tormé
Oscar Dooley Wilson
Director Tim Whelan
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Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video
Comedy Music