Today, we review a film from Frank Sinatra's early movie phase.
Of course, Glenn actually can sing well, which leads to a few numbers for Sinatra to croon.
As he glides through the door, making his entrance, there's a respectful eight seconds without dialogue. Can't you hear the fans in the audience screaming? This is followed by a few more seconds of inconsequential dialogue (just in case they haven't finished yelling their lungs out), before the meetcute with Ms. DeHaven.
Though a charming celebrity, and a well-known crooner (ensuring ticket sales to Bobby-Soxers in the cinema) in Step Lively, Sinatra is still learning the ropes as an actor; his delivery is a bit wooden. Later in his career, he would make film performance seem easy.
Sinatra would soon join them at MGM, the studio which produced some of the best musicals in the world, including the innovative screen hit Sinatra would play in the following year - Anchors Aweigh (1945), with Gene Kelly.
Step Lively is a great film to study early Sinatra and marvel at how far he progressed in the craft of acting.