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A still from Higher and Higher (1943)

Higher and Higher

1943 | United States | 90 min
  • Watched on Monday Mar 22, 2021 via DVD (2008 | Warner Bros.)
    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Frank Sinatra’s debut. Not his first screen appearance, but his first proper role. Granted, he’s playing a fictionalized version of himself, but this proves for the best.

    The plot concerns a scullery maid, played by Michèle Morgan, who poses as a debutante to land a wealthy husband. Jack Haley plays the valet ringleader behind the scheme and the true object of Morgan’s affections.

    This one proved a chore. The script paints Morgan as an idiot. Instead of amusing, I found her myopic pursuit of Haley grating. Haley’s inane blindness to Morgan’s desires grated in equal measure. Along the way, the film proffers some of the worst backdrops I can remember.

    At least Sinatra acquits himself well. He’s stiff but earnest. Unlike Morgan and Haley, he seems to realize he’s trapped in a turkey and doesn’t pretend otherwise.

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