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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
Poster of Step Lively (1944 film).jpg
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed by Tim Whelan
Produced by Robert Fellows
Written by Allen Boretz
Warren Duff
Peter Milne
John Murray
Starring Frank Sinatra
George Murphy
Adolphe Menjou
Gloria DeHaven
Walter Slezak
Eugene Pallette
Music by Leigh Harline (uncredited)
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Edited by Gene Milford
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • July 26, 1944 (1944-07-26)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English




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]


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  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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