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Higher and Higher (1943) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Tim Whelan and produced by Tim Whelan.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringC. BakaleinikoffNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Jimmy McHugh; Lyrics by Harold AdamsonNominated

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Musical Monday: Higher and Higher (1943)

on Mar 13, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Higher and Higher (1943) ? M... Read full article

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Cyrus Drake: Would you say I was inebriated last night?
Byngham: Oh no, sir. Although you did have Whiffen cook you six pancakes and you spent an hour trying to play them on the Victrola.
Cyrus Drake:'d they sound?
Byngham: Much better after you put the syrup on.

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Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Harry Holman (Banker) and Warren Jackson (Contractor)
The musical play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 4 April 1940 and closed on 15 June 1940 after 84 performances. The opening night cast included June Allyson, Lee Dixon (as Mike O'Brien), Vera-Ellen, Leif Erickson, Jack Haley (also in the film) and Shirley Ross.
RKO purchased the rights to the play for $15,000, specifically to star Frank Sinatra, and the four songs he sings by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson were written to accommodate his singing style. He was billed third because the contracts with Michèle Morgan's and Jack Haley's prevented higher billing.
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