WriterAllen Boretz, Warren Duff, John Murray Release dateJuly 26, 1944 (1944-07-26) ScreenplayWarren B. Duff, Peter Milne CastFrank Sinatra (Glenn Russell), George Murphy (Gordon Miller), Adolphe Menjou (Wagner), Gloria DeHaven (Christine Marlowe), Walter Slezak (Joe Gribble), Eugene Pallette (Simon Jenkins) Similar moviesBirdman, Frozen, Pitch Perfect 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Youth, Mulan
Step Lively is a 1944 American musical film directed by Tim Whelan and starring Frank Sinatra. Step Lively was based on the 1937 play Room Service, by Allen Boretz and John Murray. It was a remake of the 1938 RKO film Room Service, starring the Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball, and Ann Miller.
Bosley Crowther, reviewing for The New York Times, called it a star vehicle for Frank Sinatra; although the scenes with Sinatra "perceptibly hobble[d] the farce," and Crowther compared him unfavorably to Eddie Albert, Crowther stated that "when [the remaining cast] are left alone to play "Room Service" they make this an up-and-coming film."
The film was nominated an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark, Darrell Silvera, Claude E. Carpenter).