Step Lively (1944 film)

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.

Step Lively
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed byTim Whelan
Produced byRobert Fellows
Written byAllen Boretz (play)
John Murray (play)
Warren Duff
Peter Milne
StarringFrank Sinatra
George Murphy
Adolphe Menjou
Gloria DeHaven
Walter Slezak
Eugene Pallette
Music byLeigh Harline (uncredited)
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited byGene Milford
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • July 26, 1944 (1944-07-26)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States



Bosley Crowther, reviewing for The New York Times, called Step Lively 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."[1]


The film was nominated an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark, Darrell Silvera, Claude E. Carpenter).[2]

See also


  1. Crowther, Bosley (July 27, 1944). "'Step Lively,' a Remake of 'Room Service,' With Frank Sinatra, Opens at Palace -- Soviet Musical at Stanley". The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. "NY Times: Step Lively". NY Times. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
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