High Society

High Society

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Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra

     
 

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High Society is a glossy Technicolor-and-VistaVision musical remake of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1940), decked out with million-watt star power and a Cole Porter score. Set amongst the rich and famous in Newport, RI, the story revolves around the wedding plans of socialite Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly). Tracy is all set to marry stuffy George…  See more details below

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High Society is a glossy Technicolor-and-VistaVision musical remake of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1940), decked out with million-watt star power and a Cole Porter score. Set amongst the rich and famous in Newport, RI, the story revolves around the wedding plans of socialite Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly). Tracy is all set to marry stuffy George Kittridge (John Lund), while magazine writer Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Celeste Holm) intend to cover the ceremony. Meanwhile, Tracy's ex-husband C.K. Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby) also comes calling, ostensibly to the attend the annual Newport Jazz Festival, but actually for the purpose of winning Tracy back. In the course of events, Mike falls in love with Tracy, and she with him. The Jazz Festival subplot allows scriptwriter John Patrick to bring Louis Armstrong into the proceedings, much to the delight of anyone who cares anything about music. The Cole Porter tunes include the Crosby-Sinatra duet "Well, Did You Evah?," the Crosby-Armstrong teaming "Now You Has Jazz," the Kelly-Crosby romantic ballad "True Love," and the Sinatra solo "You're Sensational." Though it lacks the satiric edge of the Philip Barry original (Barry, incidentally, is not given any screen credit), High Society succeeds on its own lighthearted terms. The film represents Grace Kelly's final acting assignment before her real-life wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Charles Walters' generally soporific musical version of George Cukor's classic Philadelphia Story (1940) is enlivened by Louis Armstrong and the musical camaraderie of stars Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The second film based on Philip Barry's enormously successful comedy of manners, it centers on the aristocratic Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) and her imminent second marriage. The final film of Kelly's career is a distinctly leaden affair in which the boredom of the participants seems palpable. Crosby, who appears old enough to be Kelly's grandfather, seems to bond better with Sinatra's tough-guy reporter than with the woman who he supposedly still loves. The more satiric aspects of Barry's witty dialogue seems to have been sanded away; perhaps not much of a loss, since Celeste Holm's society reporter is the only one of the principals who seems capable of handling it. Nevertheless, Sinatra and Crosby shift into another gear for the Cole Porter numbers, and Crosby's joy in working with the legendary Satch is evident on "Now You Has Jazz."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
UPC:
0883929005963
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
772

Special Features

Closed Caption; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Featurette Cole Porter in Hollywood: True Love, hosted by Celeste Holm; Premiere newsreel; CinemaScope cartoon Millionsire Droopy; Audio-only bonus: radio ads; Trailers for this and the Philadelphia Story; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby C.K. Dexter-Haven
Grace Kelly Tracy Lord
Frank Sinatra Mike Connor
Celeste Holm Liz Imbrie
John Lund George Kittredge
Louis Armstrong Himself
Louis Calhern Uncle Willie
Sidney Blackmer Seth Lord
Margalo Gillmore Mrs. Seth Lord
Lydia Reed Caroline Lord
Gordon Richards Dexter-Haven's Butler
Hugh Boswell Parson
Paul Keast Editor
Richard Keene Mac
Ruth Lee Matron
Reginald Simpson Uncle Willie's Butler
Helen Spring Matron

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director,Choreography
Saul Chaplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
John Patrick Screenwriter
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Hans Peters Art Director
Cole Porter Songwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- High Society
1. Overture [4:48]
2. Credits [1:39]
3. High Society Calypso [2:14]
4. Dexter's Digs [2:08]
5. Wedding Gifts [2:25]
6. Spolisports [2:39]
7. George Kittredge [2:09]
8. Little One [2:37]
9. A Couple of Spies [3:57]
10. Voice of Doom [2:44]
11. The Lord Ladies [5:45]
12. Between Two Husbands [2:41]
13. Papa! [2:31]
14. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? [2:56]
15. Dexter's Gift [1:58]
16. Honeymooners: True Love [1:10]
17. Yar or Worshipped? [3:40]
18. Paternal Commentary [2:10]
19. Taken for a Ride [2:24]
20. You're Sensational [3:27]
21. I Love You Samantha [5:02]
22. Wonderful Time [3:24]
23. Now You Has Jazz [2:46]
24. She's Sensational [4:49]
25. Well, Did You Evah? [3:38]
26. Hide and Seek [5:23]
27. Mind If I Make Love to You? [2:56]
28. Jumping to Conclusions [4:03]
29. Morning After [4:11]
30. Night Before [4:35]
31. Changes of Heart [2:34]
32. Simple Announcement [7:10]
33. It's Contagious [3:13]
34. Cast List [:56]

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High Society 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“High Society” is a film that features good acting performances from the late Princess Grace. Grace Kelly plays the role of a privileged woman who must choose among three men that all take a romantic interest in her. She also plays a wealthy woman who wants to be understood for her redeeming qualities. “High Society” is good for those who like romantic films mixed with themes of upper class living.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
''well did you evah'' think that a 14 year old would love this movie as much as i do??? hehehe!!! this movie is sooooo good and the cast is spectacular! lots of jazz is included and the plot is great. so go out right now and rent it. it is definetly worth it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''High Society'' is a swelligant musical remake with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, belting out some ultra-chic Cole Porter songs. It's light, fun and filled with memorable music including the immortal love song, ''True Love''. Unfortunately, Warner Home Video's transfer is pretty disappointing. No one has more respect for the terrible condition that the original print was in, than I. I first saw this film on late night t.v. and it looked awful. I later bought the VHS copy. It too was a disaster. The laserdisc was only marginally better. But now we get a DVD that is only marginally better than any of the previously mentioned. There's a ton of digital grit and edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering to get through on this print. Just look at how badly Frank Sinatra's coat shimmers when he first arrives at the Lord mansion. The audio is dated but well represented. You know, after seeing how poorly this film looks yet again - who cares about extra features?
Guest More than 1 year ago
We rented this movie and watched it so many times we had to buy it. Can't say enough about Grace Kelly she is so funny. We love the tune "True Love" it has to be one of the most romantic scenes ever filmed. Celest Holme and Frank Sinatra are so good in "Who wants to be a millionaire?" Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra are great in Did You Evah. All the Cole Porter tunes are memorable. Get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Cosby star in this terrific musical. Of course, Bing and Frank have wonderful voices but to top it off, Grace Kelly is absouloutly gorgeous and she did a wonderful job. I love this movie!This is a terrific movie that everyone should see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not to be dismissed as only a 'watered down' version of PHILADELPHIA STORY, this sparkling musical has much to recommend...The sound, remastered to true stereo, is dynamic, and the jazzy Cole Porter score is a treat. The interplay between Old Blue Eyes Frank and Original Blue Eyes Bing is fun to watch, and Grace Kelly is heavenly to see. Celeste Holm makes the most of her sidekick role, and Louis Calhern is brilliant as the drunken uncle. A treat, and the restoration looks grand to me.
ANothdurft More than 1 year ago
I ordered this with two other DVDs from Barnes and Noble. When the order arrived only two DVDs were in the order and it stated that 3 items had been shipped in this box. Sent email to Barnes and Noble with is info and no one responded. Still do not have the DVD.
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