Step Lively

Synopsis: Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic. Chaos increases when playwright Glen Russell, whose dramatic play he thinks Miller is producing, arrives. But it turns out Russell can sing like Sinatra, and Miller has leading lady Christine turn on the charm. Can Miller's crazed machinations save the show?
Genre: Musical
Director(s): Tim Whelan
Production: Warner Home Video
88 min

- Package, Miller.

- That way.

Gordon Miller, collect.

Charge for Mr. Miller.

Laundry, valet.

Charge to Gordon Miller.

Flowers, candy.

Crillton, one moment, please.

Crillton, one moment, please.

Gordon Miller, line is busy.

Gordon Miller, line is busy.

Gordon Miller, line is busy.

Crillton, one moment, please.

Calls for Mr. Miller.

Gordon Miller.

Gordon Miller.

Gordon Miller, Gordon Miller,

Gordon Miller...

...Gordon Miller, Gordon Miller,

Gordon Miller.

Gordon Miller. Boy.

- Who are those for?

Mr. Gordon Miller.

Mr. Gordon Miller?

- Penthouse.

- Yes, sir.

- And, young man?

- Yes, sir?

There's too much fiddle-faddling

going on in this hotel.

- Yes, sir.

- Singing and so forth.

- Yes, sir.

- I want no more of it.

Yes, sir.

- This is a hotel, not a music box.

- Yes, sir. Penthouse.

Will someone define

That thin dividing line

Upon the answer, lovers all depend

- Gordon!

- Shh!

Don't shush me. I should never

have allowed you in this hotel.

Don't break it up, they're getting it.

- Getting what?

- That.

Hear, hear!

We want a showdown

Yes, yes

We want the low-down

Yes, yes

How do you get to be a spouse?

Where does love begin

And where does friendship end?

The question is a knotty one,

And really needs an answer

Where does love begin

And where does friendship end?

A guy and girl start shakin' hands

Now, when does he romance her?

Romeo loved Juliet

But when did they first start to pet?

Why, even Casanova had to stop

And think it over

- Sit down.

- I don't wanna sit, I wanna talk to Gordon.

I'm in a terrible spot. Supervising

director's arriving to inspect the books.

- Been knocking down?

- No.

And where does friendship end?

It's a very silly notion

That you have to show emotion

So as a doctor of biology, I...


I shall presently inform you

That the stimuli that warm you

Are a product of psychology


But where does love begin

And where does friendship end?

Why is it when I look at you

I get the strangest feeling

Where does love begin

And where does friendship end?

I seem to be a bit confused

I feel my senses reeling

The friendship that they cherished

Quickly falls away

Plain to see it's perished

By way of shotgun or halter

They'll meet at the altar

So this is where one little kiss

Will tear away that mystery

Of how you lose a friend

For here's where love begins

Here's where Cupid wins

Here's where love begins

And here's where friendship


That's swell, kids.

That's enough for tonight.


Oh, oh.

Gribble, what are you shaking about?

Trouble with his bookkeeper.

He's not a bookkeeper. Mr. Wagner

was sent by the board of directors.

- You been gambling again?

- I've been gambling on you.

He'll discover your bill.

It's the largest one in the hotel.

What will I tell him? If he finds out you're

my brother-in-law, that's the end of me.

You really think he'll make trouble?

No, he'll kiss me, he'll give me a medal for

extending $ 1200 credit to a shoestringer.

Watch that, Joe. No cracks.

Be reasonable.

You advertise all the comforts of home.

- So what?

- At home we didn't pay.

- Everything's free.

- Lf only you would've nursed it alone...

...but you had to move in 22 actors

who clean out my dining room like locusts.

- The poor kids had to eat someplace.

- Yeah, we had to keep the cast together.

Just imagine what a wonderful satisfaction

when you go to bed at night... can say to yourself,

"Ah. Today I fed 22 starving actors. "

I'm running a hotel,

I'm not The Salvation Army.

- From my piano, the number looked terrific.

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Allen Boretz

Allen Boretz (1900–1985), was an American songwriter, playwright and screenwriter. The great success of his and John Murray's Broadway hit Room Service (1937) led to offers from Hollywood, and he wrote and co-wrote screenplays from the late 1930s through the 1940s. His film credits include It Ain't Hay (1943), Step Lively (1944), Up in Arms (1944), The Princess and the Pirate (1944), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Copacabana (1947), My Girl Tisa (1948), and Two Guys from Texas (1949). . Boretz' screenwriting ended abruptly when he was blacklisted in the early 1950s. However, Room Service has never stopped being produced by professional and amateur theatrical companies throughout the world, and has been revived on Broadway several times. more…

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