Step Lively

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Step Lively ★★ ½ 1944

A convoluted plot doesn't slow down the enjoyment of this musical comedy. Naive Glen (Sinatra) writes a dramatic play and sends it—along with his life savings—to slick NY producer Miller (Murphy). When he shows up to see how things are progressing, Glen learns that Miller has used his dough to help finance a new musical, so Miller has showgirl Christine (DeHaven) keep Glen occupied. But the show is in trouble without a male lead—and then Miller hears Glen sing. And the rest is showbiz, folks. ♫ Some Other Time; As Long As There's Been Music; Where Does Love Begin?; Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are; Why Must There Be an Opening Song; And Then You Kissed Me; Ask the Madame. 88m/B DVD . Frank Sinatra, George Murphy, Adolphe Menjou, Walter Slezak, Anne Jeffreys, Eugene Pallette, Gloria DeHaven; D: Tim Whelan; W: Peter Milne, Warren Duff; C: Robert De Grasse.