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Heiress Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) is engaged to one man (John Lund), attracted to another (Frank Sinatra) and, just maybe, in love again with her ex-husband (Bing Crosby) in this efferevescent musical reinvention of Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story featuring an endlessly delightful Cole Porter score. Among High Society's high points: Sinatra and Celeste Holm ask Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Crosby and Kelly share True Love, Der Bingle and Ol' Blue Eyes swing-swing-swingle Well, Did You Evah? and Crosby and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong jive with Now You Has Jazz. Yes, indeedy, we has!
MGM's bold idea to remake George Cukor's Oscar-winning upperclass romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, into a star-studded, Technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes somehow works splendidly and remains an underrated gem. Even the plot and character names--and some bits of dialogue--all remain the same as the original. Crooning Bing Crosby replaces Cary Grant as the wealthy ex-husband trying to win back his soon-to-be-remarried ex-wife, spoiled ice queen Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly, stunning and aloof in her last film role, originated in the earlier comedy by Katherine Hepburn). Unlike Grant, however, Crosby has jazz great Louis Armstrong, playing himself, in his corner for quixotic persuasion. Frank Sinatra (cocky in James Stewart's former role) and Celeste Holm add support as the nosy reporters covering, and subsequently complicating, the upcoming wedding. Sure, High Society lacks the original's witty satire, sarcasm, and character complexity; but it's assuredly paced and wonderfully acted, and contains enough romantic chemistry to keep the plot engaging. And then there's the music. Unlike the grandiose production numbers of many '40s and '50s musicals, High Society's musical sequences are considerably low-key and intimate, focusing on Porter's lyrical content, and the style in which it's delivered by the charismatic performers. Armstrong kicks the film off in telling style: he sings the title track, a calypso tune outlining the plot like a Greek chorus, not as an elaborately choreographed song-and-dance number, but instead stuffed claustrophobically in the back of a limousine with his jazz band. Other musical standouts include Sinatra and Crosby playfully tossing barbs during "Well, Did You Evah?"; Crosby and Armstrong teaming up for an energetic clash of styles in "Now You Has Jazz"; the two soaring, archetypal ballads by the leads--Crosby's "I Love You, Samantha" and Sinatra's superior "You're Sensational"; and, finally, the satirical Sinatra/Holm duet, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," the closest High Society ever comes to social or class commentary. --Dave McCoy
- High Society
High Society, starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra, is really a remake of The Philadelphia Story which stas Hepburn, Grant, and Stewart. Although this movie has wonderful actors, new music, and other attributes, I still prefer the earlier version with Katharine Hepburn. But if you can get your hands on either one, they are both great....more info
- Pleasant Musical Remake of The Philadelphia Story
Tracy Lord is a society woman with an inflexible sense of propriety: not only has she divorced her socially liberal first husband C.K. Dexter-Haven, she has forced her mother to separate from her father over the latter's questionable behavior with a chorus girl. Now she plans to marry George Kittredge, a social climber with a sense of propriety as inflexible as her own--only to find her wedding suddenly beset by her first husband, two pesky reporters, the possibility of a paternal scandal, and a local jazz fest. If all this sounds a bit familiar, it should be no surprise. Originally written for the stage by Philip Barry under the title THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, it proved a smash hit during the 1940s on both stage and screen, and this remake follows the original very closely, only fiddling with the story and characters to the extent of introducing and rationalizing Cole Porter's musical elements.
The original non-musical film cast included Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart--a hard act to follow, to say the least. But while they don't best that teaming, stars Grace Kelly (Tracy), Bing Crosby (C.K. Dexter-Haven), and Frank Sinatra (Mike Connor, one of the reporters) carry off the roles with considerable charm. But the real strength of this film is the guest appearance of Louis Armstrong and the Cole Porter score. Only Porter would be brazen enough to write lyrics that rhyme Circe with Mercy, and while this is one of his lesser efforts it is still pretty impressive stuff, including such memorable tunes as "True Love," the satirical "Well, Did You Ever?," and such throw-away charmers as "Little One." As for Louis Armstrong, his star quality is powerful enough to put even Sinatra in the shade.
The failure of the film is the fact that every one in the cast seems to play a bit too casually, and although they are all clearly having a good time they never really achieve the sparkle a truly great musical comedy requires. Even so, musical fans--particularly those of Cole Porter, Armstrong, Crosby, and Sinatra--will find it quite enjoyable, and Grace Kelly fans will find the actress as lovely as ever. Recommended....more info
- It always stuns me...
when people write a bad review about an item, in this case a DVD, that they never should have purchased if they didn't like musicals, or bought it, watched it, and came back here to give it a bad review because they enjoyed a different version of the film that included actors they enjoyed more. I've never seen the Philadelphia Story, although I would like to do so one day. If I enjoy TPS more than "High Society," that doesn't automatically make HS worthless.
I've always loved this movie and decided to purchase it today. When I saw two 1-star ratings, I had to see if there was some kind of flaw in the actual DVD (cut scenes, etc.). The film is great to watch and includes cast of legendary actors singing and performing and singing an excellent score. How bad could it be to watch a film that includes these wonderful actors performing in their prime. It's enough for me just be able to watch Satchmo's great performance.
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, you now have mine....more info
- High Society
Thought I was buying a CD of the movie soundtrack. Instead I received a DVD of the movie. I must look more closelly. ...more info
- Still my favourite film of all time
I first saw this film at the tender age of 10 and 20 odd years later it is still THE favourite (a classic made 12 years before i was even born) - a real feel good film you can sing along to all the tunes. They certainly don't make films like this any more!!...more info
- Great actors that can sing, and Grace Kelly?
Now there is a combination worthy of four stars! This was on PBS last night, and seeing as it had three movies stars that I like, I couldn't resist it!
I am a long time fan of the movie musical, and I particularly enjoyed this one. It has Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly in it. Sinatra and Crosby do most of the crooning, but Kelly also sings a little bit. She can really sing too! What an amazing star! She could act, look so elegant and graceful, and sing!
Usually the music takes top shelf over the acting, but I quite enjoyed both in this musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story".
If you liked "The Philadelphia Story", and you like musicals. You will probably like this movie a lot.
It is a fun movie with two hip crooners as it's stars.
Two thumbs up! Way up!...more info
- Little known masterpiece
What do you say about a musical with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong? Surely this film marks a high point in the genre. Cap it off with a little Grace Kelly and you have one of my top 3 movies of all time (others Vertigo and American Beauty).
While on the surface it might seem like a simple light musical comedy, there actually is a great deal of intelligence to it. Smart dialogue, quirky intentional slips out of character, and of course, a couple of phenominal songs.
I first saw this movie when I was an awkward girl of maybe 13, braces and all. It was the first time I ever saw Grace Kelly and I was entranced. I wanted to be her. And I have to confess, some 16 years later, I still kind of do. This movie is now a regular form of therapy. Any time I feel stressed or down, I watch it and take more away from it each time.
I count the days until this movie comes out on DVD. This film is why I still own a VCR, and frankly, I'd love to get rid of it....more info
- Great fun
Okay, so this is not The Philadelphia Story -- exactly. Still, it's fun to watch. How can you go wrong with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and the lovely Grace Kelly? The sets are beautiful, the actors are beautiful, the songs are fun (Grace doesn't do her own singing). Definitely one you don't want to miss!...more info
- the best movie
RHIS MOVIE IS THE GREATEST OF GRACE KELLY,SHE IS SO WONDERFUL
IN IT AND HER SINGING WAS GREAT TO...more info
- A great movie!
I highly recommend this film. Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby,
and Frank Sinatra are wonderful in it! I'd give it more
stars if I could....more info
- glorious musical comedy
A wonderful musical in every meaning of the word. It will make you smile and laugh and fall into the echanted mood thanks to Sinatra's crooning. One of my favorite movies, Bing and Frank are so amazing they make me wish I had lived in that era. Beautiful performances by all, this movie is a must for anyone with good musical taste....more info
- An Elegant Musical Classic
I know it's a pretty tiresome phrase, but unfortunately it's true. THEY DON'T MAKE MOVIES LIKE THEY USE TOO! I doubt that they'll ever be as much talent involved in one movie ever again. First lets look at the cast. We have Frank Sinatra ( My favorite singer of all time!) next there's Grace Kelly ( One of my favorite actresses) and then there's Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong! And they're all singing to the Oscar nominated songs of Cole Porter (My favorite composer). This is a movie that will entertain anybody who watches it. It's filled with great music, great acting, and a sharp witty script by John Patrick , which is based on Philip Barry's " Philadelphia Story". There are many high points in this film which include Crosby's and Sinatra's duet of "Well, Did You Evah?". Then there's Sinatra's version of "Mind If I Make Love To You?" , which is one of my favorite songs written by Porter. Plus Crosby sings the Oscar nominated "True Love". A fun movie that the whole family can enjoy! Buy or rent it tonight....more info
- FOR COLE PORTER
COLE PORTER's last good score for the movies is the main thing here, since this remake of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is uninspired.It's fun to see three legends in the same film ,but it is also sad that this was the only real teaming of FRANK with his idol BING.It was simply an impossible task for GRACE KELLY to walk in the footsteps of KATHARINE HEPBURN ,but her beauty compensates a lot.A product typical of M-G-M,s galaxy of stars.Enjoy TRUE LOVE,MIND IF I MAKE LOVE TO YOU,WELL DID YOU EVAH and forget the rest....more info
- Not a good movie. End of title, beginning of review.
I can say nothing positive about this musical mishmash except that it was positively senseless and I would never watch it again. Get Bing, Armstrong and Frank all in a movie and you know there's going to be thrice the interruptive crooning (or jamming). Perhaps you have gathered by now that I am not much of a musical fan. For a good musical, watch Mary Poppins, the Sound of Music, or White Christmas. They have good strong stories with songs as accents. This High Society bit has good strong songs with random dialogue as accents.
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- A Swellegant, Elegant Movie
High Society is one of the best movie musicals I have ever seen! It is a breezy film and sparkles with romance, wit, and charm. Much of its sparkle must be attributed to Cole Porter's beautiful music; the movie includes such songs as "Well, Did You Evah," "I Love You, Samantha," and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." The cast is just wonderful: Grace Kelly is appropriately snooty, yet likable; Ol' Blue Eyes is funny and cool; Bing Crosby's relaxed elegance is very appealing; Celeste Holm injects her role with a nice blend of sarcasm, sweetness, and good humor; and Louis Armstrong, who plays himself, is a welcome sight, lending his warmth and musicianship to his part. The costumes reflect the stylish aesthetics of the 1950s and Grace Kelly's dresses, in particular, are lovely. Needless to say, I love this movie and highly recommend it....more info
- Great Item and Great Service
The item was exactly as I had expected - and it arrived within the given time frame. Excellent service all around!...more info
This movie may stand on its own, but unfortunately it is painful to watch for anyone who knows The Philadelphia Story. Bing Crosby is too old, is unbelievable and is miscast. Frank Sinatra is passable, but pales in comparison to Jimmy Stewart in the original. Celeste Holm is fine when she is singing, but she seems unduly matronly and lacks the charm and spark of Ruth Hussey, also from the original. Then there is the problem of Grace Kelley. She is convincing as a rich ice princess, but ( in this film, at least) she posseses none of the charm, aristocratic strength, or appeal that Katherine Hepburn gave to the original Tracy Lord.
Whereas the original was quick and dynamic, the pacing of this one is slow and ponderous. The side trip to Newport and commentary on "the end of a way of life" adds nothing to the film. And Louis Armstrong's appearance, while perhaps noteworthy in its day, now seems embarrasingly buffoonish. One has the sense that the directors and producers are trying to create a joke at Armstrong's expense by placing him in a mileau where they clearly find him out of place.
As a kid, I liked this movie when I saw it on tv. Now, however, I see it and cringe. Truth be told, I can't even sit through it all. Bad, bad, bad!...more info
- Bubbly Musical Remake of Hepburn Classic!
'High Society', MGM's musical remake of Philip Barry's classic 'The Philadelphia Story', is a frothy, high-spirited joy! While it lacks the inestimable star power of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, in replacing the male leads with the greatest crooners of all time, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and offering Hollywood's Princess, Grace Kelly, in her last film role, MGM was NOT dropping the marquee value by much! Add to the mix the legendary Louis Armstrong, and one of Cole Porter's last great film scores (including the lushly romantic 'True Love'), and you have all the ingredients for a delightful movie experience!
Changing the film's locale from Philadelphia to Newport, the class distinction subplot of the story becomes, at best, a minor plot point, but it does provide the 'hook' of the Newport Jazz Festival to bring in Armstrong, and to add songwriting as a hobby of millionaire C.K. Dexter-Haven (Crosby). His ex, Tracy Samantha Lord (called 'Sam' in this version, so Cole Porter could recycle his tune 'Goodbye, Amanda', as 'Goodbye Samantha'), and played by the luminous Kelly, is remarrying, to boring, wooden George Kittredge (played woodenly by John Lund). An 'Enquirer'-type scandal sheet, 'The Spy', blackmails the family into allowing a writer and photographer (Sinatra and Celeste Holm) to cover the nuptials (in an improvement on the original story, where Cary Grant 'sells out' the Lords in an attempt to disrupt the wedding).
From this point on, the film follows the original version fairly closely, adding songs to 'spice up' the proceedings. Sinatra and Holm take potshots at the idle rich with 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?'; Crosby tosses off a sweet ditty for Sam's little sister ('Little One'), and attempts, with Armstrong, to explain contemporary music ('Now You Has Jazz'); Sinatra, smitten with Kelly, expresses his feelings ('You're Sensational' and 'Can I Make Love To You?'); Crosby and Kelly, in a flashback, recall their honeymoon ('True Love', which became a hit single, earning both stars a gold record). The film highlight is, understandably, the fabulous and funny duet between Crosby and Sinatra, 'Well, Did You Evah?' (rich with sly comments on Crosby's famous fortune, and Sinatra's 'new' style of crooning). The number is nearly always featured in MGM musical retrospectives, and is a show-stopper!
As all the pieces fall into place for a 'beautiful' wedding, (which concludes both versions of the story), Louis Armstrong provides a final coda that is both charming and a reminder that Hollywood just doesn't make 'em like this any more!
'High Society' may not be in the stratosphere of 'The Philadephia Story', but it certainly has a well-deserved place in the cosmos of its own! This one's a keeper!...more info
- Great film with an ambiguous undercurrent
"High Society" is a musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story" film and play. Starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and featuring Louis Armstrong as well, the film cannot help but dazzle given the outstanding acting, singing, and music (by Cole Porter). The lovely setting of Newport, Rhode Island also enhances the film. For these reasons alone I happily give the film four stars right off the bat.
I found the story, however, less satisfying and would have given the film three stars had it not been for the outstanding features cited above. Had the story been more cohesive, the film would have garnered five stars.
The graceful and talented Grace Kelly plays Tracy Lord, the daughter of a wealthy Newport family. Her father has abandoned the family due to his philandering ways. Tracy herself is divorced; her former husband, C.K. Dexter-Haven, played by Bing Crosby, lives next door to the Lord mansion. Tracy is to be married the next day to George Kittredge, a man who has worked his way up as opposed to the older wealth of the Newport set. Tracy's uncle Willy informs the family that "Spy" magazine will publish an expose of her father's scandalous behavior unless she allows the magazine to cover her wedding. For the sake of her mother, Tracy reluctantly agrees to allow the presence of a "Spy" reporter and photographer. Frank Sinatra plays Mike Connor the reporter and Celeste Holm is Liz Imbrie, his wise-cracking photographer sidekick. Tracy's father surprises everyone by showing up for the wedding. Crosby's Dexter is still in love with Tracy and wants her back. Sinatra's character is dazzled by her good looks and charm as well. Tracy's fiancee George is a humorless fellow who worships her supposed virtue and perfection, rather than loving her for who she is, warts and all, as does Dexter.
Tracy demands perfection from others, especially a husband, and projects a lofty image to the world. Her attitude is depicted as burdensome to her family; it is implied that this was the cause of her divorce from Dexter. In a critical scene with her dissolute father, he faults her for being unforgiving and unsympathetic to his own needs and situation. The key idea the film imparts is that she is not understanding of normal human frailty as she should be, and that this is in itself a serious character flaw.
The loose ends of the story are all tied up at the climax and conclusion when Tracy learns her lesson that she is as weak morally as anyone else and that there is honor and integrity to be found where she did not expect it--in the relative self-restraint of Mike Connor and the loyalty of Dexter. She can live honestly with her true self and accept the love of those who also see her for who she really is.
This more serious theme of an otherwise light-hearted movie is both of great interest and importance. That we are all prone to poor choices and even worse actions is the great leveler of all mankind. Understanding this about human nature should make us more humble about ourselves and more generous towards others despite their failings. At the same time, we are all capable of great good, and those whom we might look down on or even despise may be the ones who rise to the occasion in a time of need or even crisis with valor, self-sacrifice and generosity. "High Society" does give one pause to reflect in this regard, another reason to recommend the film.
However, there were two problems with the film that weakened the theme. First, despite Grace Kelly's wonderful acting, the film did not depict her character in keeping with the main conflict. Up until the revelation of her problem, she comes off as a witty, slightly wacky, fun-loving society girl. There was really little I can recall in the scenes prior to her confrontation with her father that gives credence to her being some kind of "holier-than-thou" ice maiden.
Most jarring is the fact that the principal expositor of her moral blindness is her philandering father, who even seems to indirectly blame Tracy for his own erring ways. Worse still, this scene between Tracy and her father and the successive events could be understood as minimizing his adultery, and adultery in general. This unfortunate view is reinforced by the character of Uncle Willy, who is hot in lustful pursuit of the photographer Liz Imbrie. The most serious flaw in "High Society" is that it might be presenting a view of humanity that goes beyond acknowledging the fact that all are flawed and prone to errors, but that these errors and misdeeds, including adultery and uncontrolled womanizing, are not really that big of a deal. Anyone who has been hurt by adultery knows its destructive impacts. Such a moral failure is not something one can make light of. Tracy Lord's coldness and fear of intimacy are actually understandable seen in the light of her father's abandonment and betrayal.
"High Society" is a wonderful film in many respects. Yet the lesson that Tracy Lord learns does not quite convince and satisfy this viewer. Yes, we need to be reminded to be understanding of each other's foibles and falls, trivial and serious. But this cannot be achieved by pretending that immoral actions are harmless and inconsequential. ...more info
- ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!
The mix between Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelly are amazing. What a wonderful film to be Grace Kelly's last before she became (her royal HIGHness) It is certainly a movie to be seen....more info
- Elegant Stars and Shimmering Sharps and Flats!
This is an absolutely shimmering musical! Grace Kelly is breathtaking and wonderful in this movie. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are at their best! Each Cole Porter song is divine. And Louis Armstrong! What more could you possibly want? There are so many beautiful scenes, especially Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly singing "True Love" and my favorite, the scene where Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly are elegantly and drunkenly dancing to the Rhumba "Mind If I Make Love To You?" This is such a fun movie you won't be able to stop watching it!...more info
- A GREAT "SOCIETY" MUSICAL
MGM's idea to remake "The Philadelphia Story" as a musical, with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra in the lead roles may sound perfectly ridiculous. But the idea was intriguing, and so 1956 audiences went to see this new film, "High Society"... and MGM had hit the nail right on the head. The audience loved it, and we still love it today.
"The Philadelphia Story" is still "The Philadelphia Story" (okay, so it's moved to Connecticut), with much of the original script intact and reformed to compensate the film's fine musical numbers. But for those who have seen neither "Story" or "Society", the storyline is as follows:
Millionaire charmer C.K. Dexter-Haven (Crosby) is trying to woo back his uppity ex-wife, Tracy Lord (Kelly), despite the fact that she's already engaged to be married to George Kittridge, the following afternoon. When Tracy's family is blackmailed by an unscrupulous editor who threatens to do an expose' on Mr. Lord's philandering, Tracy agrees to host a photographer and reporter from the editor's magazine. Enter sweet-and-cynical reporter Liz Imbrie (Celeste Holm), and brash-and-smirking reporter Macaulay "Mike" Connor (Sinatra). Tracy has every intention of taking the two "spies" for a ride, not anticipating the ride she's about to be taken on... with the help of Mike and a bucket of champagne. By the time the wedding march is about to begin, who will walk down the aisle with Tracy... George, Dexter... or Mike?
While a bit softer ("fluffier" to use Mr. Maltin's words) than the original, this version is actually a lot of the time more fun to watch, with new colorful takes on the story's characters: Crosby milks charm and elegance from his sophisticated easygoing role. Kelly is a pertfect post-Katharine Hepburn Tracy. Sinatra is Sinatra through and through in his cynical but goodhearted role as Mike. Celeste Holm is a lot of fun as the sarcastic but romantic Liz, and the whole cast including John Lund, Louis Calhern, and even ol' "Satchmo" himself, Louis Armstrong, in a cameo as himself, playing at the much-hyped Newport Jazz Festival (and eventually at Tracy's wedding).
"High Society"'s musical score is a lot of fun, too: Armstrong's scratchy singing of the title tune, Sinatra and Holm sing the funny number, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?", Crosby and Kelly duet with a charming rendition of "True Love", and the Crosby-Sinatra gemstone "Well, Did You Evah?", sung over a magnum of champagne... any wonder this film won the Oscar for musical scoring?
"High Society" is definitely a great movie musical, a great and witty successor to "The Philadelphia Story", and funny enough for the whole family to have a real "swingin' time." My, it's yar....more info
- Did You Evah?
Big Time entertainment with Crosby and Sinatra in their terrific duet. Kelly is radiant in her last film. " True Love" was a big hit. The only question here is wether John Howard( The Phildelphia Story) or John Lund( High Society).as Tracy Lords ill fated suitors, can compete with each other to ascertain which one of them is more wooden at acting than the other!! Well..Thats Jazz"...more info
- A winner in every aspect...
I've just finished watching "High Society" after having first seen "The Philadelphia Story" only a month ago. Both films are phenomenal, on their own and shouldn't be compared. They succeed wonderfully in very different ways. The cinematography of "High Society" is excellent and is one of the major factors of it's success. In many ways, it makes it a very, dare I say, 'modern' musical, not seeming at all fluffy or schmaltzy. The musical numbers are intimately filmed, and with Cole Porter's music and lyrics, it works amazingly well. Case in point..."Well Did You Evah". I believe this to be one of Sinatra's best roles, quite cool, charming, and thoroughly convincing. And then he sings...and all is well with the world. Bing is at his cool best and Grace Kelly is stunningly beautiful, even with her role's snobbery fully intact. It is a shame that Sinatra and Bing only had one other movie together "robin and the Seven Hoods" because their chemistry is unsurpassed. Add the jazz and personality of Satchmo, and what you have is one of the most enjoyable 107 minutes that you could spend in front of the tube. Highly recommended. Let's hope the DVD version is in the works!...more info
- High Society
Just a classic movie, it was a movie that we enjoyed when we were younger but the things you realize were in the picture, actors looking very young and very good skills at their art. The music was very good including the superb music of "Satchmo".
Just a very good movie to watch and listen to the music...more info
- Grace is Great!
If you're "holed up" for a long weekend (of rain, as it turns out this Memorial Day), and haven't seen it, "High Society" is a great diversion, almost as good as a Memorial Day barbecue, and maybe better.
I raaaally liked the original Philadelphia Story, being a huge Katharine Hepburn fan, but I must say, Grace Kelly is just fantastic in this role and to me, even better than Kate. Probably because, Grace is Tracy, the central character in the story.
Otherwise, except for the sets, including the great collection of 50's classic cars, Newport mansions, women's dresses, and the dancing, this is a lesser film than the originial.
But it's worth watching for Grace Kelly alone. I didn't realize she was such a talented comedienne. The movie gets better as it goes along, stick with it. Grace Kelly makes the best tipsy, goofy, adorable woman I've ever seen! ---Wow. This alone is worth the price of a DVD.
My feeling is, and this is not being a Kelly fan at all before, that the U.S. should have done something to prevent her from moving to Monaco. I was too young to follow that story as it happened, but it seems a crying shame for America's entertainment and film industry and us people. She's got something that, say, Gwyneth Paltrow tries for but doesn't have to the same degree. I now understand why people made such a big fuss about her, and this movie will help you do the same.
If you don't like musicals, which I don't, you can fast forward through the frankly mediocre, ill-timed, and happily not-too-frequent musical numbers. (Sorry, I beg to differ with the other reviewers.) Even Louis Armstrong is forgettable in this. Not every movie's a musical, for Godsake. (Besides, Grace doesn't sing!!!) Except, the most enjoyable singing in the movie, to me, was Grace Kelly's drunk amateur singing! It was terrific!
The great Sinatra and also Bing Crosby (whom I admit to not liking either as an actor or a ba ba ba boom singer), don't get very good songs to sing in this movie, compared to the timeless and great songs Frank got in Pal Joey, say. They should develop a button that skips through singing in 50's and 60's musicals! Some of these films woulda been fine without the singin' and with the same performers anyway.
As I said, if you're in the mood for watching a great female performer, WATCH THIS, folks! Grace is TIMELESS in this film....more info
- The best version of "The Philadelphia Story"
I have watched both the original version, "The Philadelphia Story" - with Grant & Hepburn - and this version, "High Society", and to be honest, I think that this Crosby/Kelly/Sinatra version is much more enjoyable than the original.
The fact that I'm a musician may have influenced me in that decision - the Cole Porter music score and the rare performances by Louis Armstrong and his band, as well as the wonderful singing by Crosby and Sinatra, add immensely to the overall pleasure that this film imparts.
The acting in my opinion is just as strong as in the original film - after all it's a farce. I've never been much of a Hepburn fan myself, and Grace Kelly's beauty just radiates in Technicolor. It's easy to see why almost every actor she worked with fell in love with her.
I challenge everyone who rated this film below the Grant/Hepburn version to go back and view "Philadelphia Story" again after watching "High Society. I'll bet many will change their minds.
High Society is a winner....more info
- The unbeatable talents of three legendary stars in a nice musical comedy...
"High Society" unites the unbeatable talents of three legendary stars Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong with the beautiful and talented Grace Kelly in her final role before she becomes the loving Princess of Monaco...
Spoiled Tracy (Kelly) is about to marry a boring businessman John Lund, but on the eve of her nuptials, her ex-husband Crosby, who still calls her Sam, returns to try and put a stop to the wedding...
On hand to cover her upcoming nuptials for a spy magazine are journalists Celeste Holm) and Sinatra, with the greatest American jazz musician Louis Armstrong providing with Crosby a musical jazz called "Now You Has Jazz."
Armstrong opens the film from the back of the blue bus shared with his band, with a calypso song, while the classic "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is lively sung by Sinatra and Holm alone in a big room filled with Kelly's many extravagant wedding gifts...
Kelly is lovely as the refined woman flirting with three men... In scenes that required the softening of her unyielding nature, she seems so reserved and cold in manner...
Sinatra sings to her "You're Sensational" and "Mind if I Make Love to You? Crosby sings "True Love."
- Now we're gettin' warm.
The thing about Cole Porter is that he's never loud or over-the-top; he's subtle, elegant, lyrical. Which is much of the style of this film. People need to rate it on its own merit and resist comparing it to its nonmusical predecessor. On the plus side are Crosby, Armstrong, a super-witty Celeste Holm and a most beautiful-of-all-her-films, Grace Kelly. Only Sinatra is more than a bit grating in his overly cynical, tough, reading of the news reporter. (On the other hand, no one plays a drunk better.) But there are more than a few choice bits of dialogue from Crosby ("I don't wanna be a wonderful woman!"), Kelly ("Oh you must stay- we have so much cake!"), and Holm ("When the cat's away, why should the mouse act like a rat?!") There's also Louis Armstrong, who alternately performs in and plays a Cupid-like host of the film. Particularly lovely is a scene (shown in a series of crane shots) where he plays trumpet to Crosby's love song of "Samantha," all of which is being taken in by an unseen Samantha (Kelly) herself. Other gorgeous numbers are "True Love," "Little One," and "Mind If I Make Love To You?" And, of course, the "oh, would you stop that racket" finale is hilarious!...more info
- High Sociey
Absolutely one of the best movies of its ilk of all time! Great fun, light, fabulous to look at, super catchy songs, and the best collection of great actors! I LOVE High Society!!!!...more info
This is one of the best films I've ever seen. The story is good and funny. The songs are happy and will certainly brighten your day. For example "Have You Evah?" a duet by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and "Who want's to be a Millionaire" by Celeste Holm and Frank Sinatra. But also the romantic "True Love" by Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby. The cast is wonderful and the location pretty. It's a light film definatly suited for a relaxing sunday afternoon on the couch....more info
- Yawn, yawn, yawn...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......
I saw this last night with my daughter. We heard that Grace Kelly was actually wearing the diamond engagement ring that Prince Rainier gave her. That was the main reason why I watched it. I do like Grace Kelly very much. She was a beautiful woman, and I loved her strange way of talking. So I liked seeing her and of course the diamond (it was quite impressive), but as for the rest of the movie, it was a real bore. I do not care for Frank Sinatra, Bing is okay, but there was too much singing and the songs weren't even good in my opinion. I felt the script was very loose and vague, and all along I kept wondering, "when is the ACTION going to happen?" It also seemed a bit silly as well. I don't go for such lightweight fair, no matter who is in it. As I said, I was glad to see Grace Kelly, but I will never watch this again. If you want to see Grace in something really good, I recommend the 3 films she did for Alfred Hitchcock: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief....more info
- A wonderful sorce of entainment
High Society, starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby is a delightful musical. It is a remake of the big hit THE PHILADELPHIA STORY which starred Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewert. In High Society Bing Crosby plays C.K Dexter Haven the "x" of Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) who turns up suddenly when he hears that Tracy is being remarried. Tracy of course is furious and does not want him there. To add to her problems two reporters,(one of which is played by Frank Sinatra) show up. Tracy refuses to admit that she's still in love with Dexter and refuses to call of the wedding. Louis Armstrong toots out some great tunes by Cole Porter and Grace Kelly does an excellent job, especially in her drunk scene. This movie is an absoulute must!...more info
- A Classic
"High Society" is the classic story of boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy tries to win girl back set to the fantastic music of Cole Porter. Though set in the 1950s, the story itself is timeless and appeals to the romantic in all of us. Will Tracy Lord marry her rags-to-riches fiance, George Kittridge (John Lund),will she instead succumb to the charms of tabloid journalist McCauley Conner, or will she reunite with ex-husband C.K. Dexter-Haven? Will Mike be so taken with Tracy that he lets his true love, photographer Elizabeth Imbrie (Celeste Holm), slip away? Grace Kelly (Tracy), Frank Sinatra (Mike), Bing Crosby (Dex) give flawless performances, as do the supporting cast. This is a perfect movie to raise your spirits or just help you unwind. Oddly, the production doesn't seem dated and it's easy to forget that the movie was made about 50 years ago. The production is crisp and the quality of the DVD is excellent....more info
- Want to be a millionaire ?
If movies really do have the power to shape your life, then this has got to be one of the best acts to follow. I still reach for it when the need for unashamed escapism overtakes me. The timeless elegance of the couture, classic songs, stunning vistas and memorable screenplay, I defy you not to enjoy and to desire, even secretly, a place in High Society. The sumptous living may be a world away, but the desire for love and attention are all too familiar. Empathise for just a moment with the characters, and you'll find that deep down, we're all millionaires....more info
- MGM Perfection!
Wonderful! If you are a fan of any of the actors in the film, you will love it. If not,you should still give it a chance. High Society is definitely in my top two. This is the story of a woman from an upper class family. She goes through the most interesting two days of confusion in her personal life all the while surrounded by a fiance, an ex-husband, and an admiring reporter. The characters are lovable, the songs are excellent, and the ending is priceless. Be sure to check out the original, The Philadelphia Story, which is equally well cast....more info
- A wonderful musical!
This movie had wonderful performances by Kelly, Sinatra, and Crosby. I have watched it over and over and know all of the songs by heart so I can sing along. The original was good but this is also a wonderful funny film. I love it!!!...more info