Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April Sunday 19 April Monday 20 April Tuesday 21 April Wednesday 22 April Thursday 23 April Friday 24 April Saturday 25 April Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May As a lover of all kinds of music spanning many era's, I can safely say that Frank Sinatra is far and away my personal favourite and arguably the best male vocalist of all time.
When Higher and Higher was made back in , Sinatra was still working on his craft. He had a typical 's Big Band voice, no different really from the likes of Ray Ebberly, Johnny Desmond or Dick Haymes but he was better in many ways.
He had yet to develop his own distinctive sound which would become instantly recognisable and would eventually make him the singing sensation of the 20th century. Yet in this largely forgettable romantic comedy, the tools are there and you are starting to see the true craftsman at work.
Sinatra played himself, which I thought was a mistake as the love stories would have worked better if he was in character and completely detached from his true self.
At the time Frank was happily married to his first wife and was already the father of two, yet the script announces his engagement to the lovely Barbara Hale of Perry Mason fame. Obviously RKO thought very little of unimportant crimes such as bigamy.
Despite these flagrant liberties taken with Frank's personal life, the film is redeemed as he is given perfect chance to prove to us just why he was the most popular singer of the war years with powerful ballads like, 'I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night,' and, 'A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.
Mel Torme was an excellent artist but, 'The Man with the Velvet Voice' was not really given much opportunity in this vehicle to show us what a great singer he really was.
However despite the great songs expertly executed by the man himself, and excellent performances by the entire cast, nothing seems to rescue this film from drab dullness. I think it's main failing was a rather weak and transparent plot, but hell HotToastyRag 13 September A very rich man in a big, beautiful house with lots of servants is broke.
He can't afford his big, beautiful house, and he hasn't paid his servants in months. Collectively, the servants come up with the idea to pass off a maid, Michele Morgan, as their boss's daughter, since his real daughter is abroad in Europe, and then to marry her off to a rich man to save the household.
The problem is that Michele is in love with the valet, Jack Haley. He doesn't know she's alive, but their singing neighbor next door, Frank Sinatra—who actually plays himself—sure notices her!
It's very silly, but there are some cute songs and funny jokes, and the romances are very entertaining. As silly and corny as this movie is, I actually liked Higher and Higher. Just make sure you're in the mood for that combination before you rent this black-and-white musical. The cast works well off each other and the plot is very funny. Plus, it's cute to see a very young Frank Sinatra, but don't expect any acting chops on him yet; all he does in this one is sing.
OK, so this wasn't his first film; He appears in bit singing parts in a slew of films made prior to this, usually singing with a band or performing in a nightclub sequence. But here, he has his first acting role, even if his character is named Frank Sinatra. The character of Frankie here is as fictional as you can get, considering the revelations of his private life revealed decades later. In this film, he is the neighbor of wealthy Leon Errol who through bad investments has lost his fortune.
Realizing that he is in danger of loosing his mansion, he enlists the pretty scullery maid Michelle Morgan to pose as his daughter. However a suspicious society matron Errol's "Mexican Spitfire" spouse Elisabeth Risdon questions Morgan's identity, wanting to see her own daughter married off to the European nobility Victor Borge, of all people! But with Errol's staff which includes butler Jack Haley, social secretary Mary Wickes, chauffeur Dooley Wilson and maid Marcy McGuire sticking up for Morgan, you know that the snobs are going to be disappointed when things don't turn out their way.
Based upon a flop Broadway musical with songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, only one song from that show ended up in the movie. The other songs actually have a Broadway feel to them, utilizing the ensemble cast to its fullest.
McGuire, a perky teen, is a typical bobby-soxer, the type you'd probably see jumping outside the Paramount Theatre where Sinatra wooed thousands of like girls. She gets a great duet with Sinatra, "I Saw You First", representing all the fans all over the country. This film, however, is unpredictable, and does not end the way you think it would. In spite of the silly premise, it is for the most part a truly entertaining film, one where the ensemble all get moments to shine.
I have mixed feelings; as a lifetime Sinatra fan I naturally want his first actual appearance in a leading role - he had appeared twice as the uncredited vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey outfit and later in Reveille With Beverley but here was performing songs specifically written for him albeit working as himself, Frank Sinatra, opposite a group of actors playing fictional roles - but I'm also a lifetime Rodgers and Hart fan and it's not easy to see their whole Broadway score jettisoned - with the exception of about one third of Disgustingly Rich in favor of a specially commissioned score by Jimmy McHugh.
The fact that Sinatra gets to perform three great numbers and went on to record a great song from the Broadway show on his Wee Small Hours album is neither here nor there. The cast is a dream for film buffs.
Michele Morgan was arguably the heaviest hitter with a string of French classics behind her but we also get the great Mary Wickes, Mel Torme, Marcy McGuire, Leon Errol and Victor Borge - it is his strong resemblance to Borge that makes it difficult to take Arsene Wenger seriously - and strange choice leading man Jack Haley, then 45 with his Tin Man days firmly behind him. As a light-hearted comedy with songs it would have certainly hit the spot in and is still likable today.
They were both deceased when we met so watching old movies is a good way to see them and their work. I have always enjoyed old movies and was very happy to discover that this was also a very good one. Doylenf 4 May That's about it for the plot. Everybody in the household sings a number of forgettable songs while going about their chores and the script is a featherweight, dull bit of nonsense. He shows promise in a low-key role and one could easily see that he had the makings of a future star.
As for the film, it's no more than a trifle, sometimes barely watchable but harmless. Cinemark Coming Soon. Regal Coming Soon. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. All Critics 2 Fresh 1 Rotten 1. Jose Maria Santos. Noted as the film where teen singing idol for the "bobby-soxers" Frank Sinatra had his first starring role in a film.
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Log in with Facebook. Email address. 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 Sinatra. Frank's crooning is featured, to the delight of his bobby soxer fan base. There are also many tongue-in-cheek jokes at his expense, e. The social secretary Sandy begins to teach Millie the proper etiquette and how to walk and talk like a debutante. At her 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 Victor, K.
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