A Lovely Way To Spend The Evening

Happy Frank Thursday!! And may yours be an absolutely glorious one full of wonderful Frank!

Frank singing "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" to Michele Morgan's character Millie.
Frank singing “I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night” to Michele Morgan’s character Millie.

Last Thursday was a very special one, as my roommates and I watched Higher and Higher (1943), which was the very first film that Frank ever starred in. It is a musical in which Frank  is a supporting actor playing himself, so it is so much fun!  The story is set in the cream of society where a wealthy man eventually ends up going bankrupt and tells his servants about it when he asks them to prepare a huge dinner which he then invites them to.

The servants then come up with the brilliant plan to present one of the maids named Millie, played by Michele Morgan, as his daughter at her coming out, wishing to marry her off to a wealthy man in order the save their employer from ruin. Frank plays the young singer that lives across the street, who is actually a great friend of Millie’s. At first it seems that there is no hope for their plan as Frank visits to sing I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night, and later A Lovely Way to Spend the Evening. Things end up taking very different turns however as secret pubs are discovered, secret aristocracy is exposed, and who really loves who is finally sorted out.

It is, of course, black and white and when it was released it was shown overseas to soldiers fighting in World War II. If you get the chance, I highly recommend watching it for a bit of fun. It will be a lovely way to spend the evening…can’t think of anything I’d rather do!


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