High Society

High Society

DVD - 2008
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In this musical comedy, a society wedding is being arranged in Newport, Rhode Island. The beautiful Tracy Samantha Lord is to marry George Kittredge. However, Tracy's ex-husband, the songwriter C.K. Dexter-Haven, has never stopped loving her and has hopes of winning her back. A New York scandal sheet reporter and photographer arrive to cover the wedding and complicate the tangled romances.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 05, 2016

VERY GOOD 1956 musical comedy version of 1941 'Philadelphia Story'. The whole flavor of the film was changed, not just the location from Philadelphia to Newport.
I do like the old school style when a film has an overture beginning - even though I am watching at home. It used to be playing the overture was a reminder of theater goers to get to their seats because the actual film would soon start.
This was the first pairing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. I was rather impressed by Bing's solo acting ability. The singing was good, too. The Bing and Frank song duet doing 'What a Swell Party This Is' was excellent.
I also enjoyed child actress Lydia Reed in her role as Caroline Lord - good acting skills for a 12 year old. And I got a good laugh when they were correcting her speech/usage of slang. When she said she was 'pooped' she was told to say 'enervated'.
The use of Louis Armstrong and his group at beginning and end of the movie was also entertaining.

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KatherineHere
Apr 15, 2016

A chance to see the lovely Grace Kelly at her best and fast-forward through the crooning.

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mswrite
Feb 25, 2016

Caught this movie on TCM just the other evening and enjoyed once again its glossy Old Hollywood sheen. Where Technicolor "High Society" may not compare as well to the bite and nuances of the B&W original, "The Philadelphia Story," it makes up nicely in the enjoyable musical performances: In prologue and epilogue Louis Armstrong and his band swing the title tune "High Society Calypso," and duet wonderfully with Bing Crosby on the witty and infectious "Now You Has Jazz." Crosby and Frank Sinatra are fun bonding over the bar with "Well, Did You Evah!" and Crosby again shines with Grace Kelly (soon to be Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco) on the warm, lovely ballad "True Love." Sinatra's yearning "You're Sensational" is splendid, as is Crosby's meditative "I Love You, Samantha." I struggle a bit with Celeste Holm as Sinatra's love interest (was Betty Garrett not available?); still their snappy "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is amusing.
It may be unavoidable to compare this musical to its 1940 predecessor, but I suggest trying not to. Crosby, Sinatra and Kelly are not Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katherine Hepburn, but they don't have to be--ultimately this is apples versus oranges nit-picking.
Enjoy "High Society" as the light and frothy classic era entertainment it was clearly intended to be.

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Isley
Jun 16, 2014

Musical remake of The Philadelphia Story that is inferior to the original in every way aside from some nice songs. Sure, that’s a tough act to follow, but I prefer a remake to have something new to say and High Society doesn’t (not to mention Bing Crosby being a very poor Cary Grant substitute).

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CharlesPonzi
Aug 13, 2013

A classic. Beautiful music by Cole Porter.

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forever_ice17
Jun 17, 2013

I remember liking this movie. i haven't seen it in a while, but just saw the Philadelphia Story which was excellent. I would really like to see this one again.

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Msfitzita
Aug 08, 2010

This video didn't work - there was sound but no picture! I can't believe the last person that had it out didn't notify the staff so it could be removed from circulation. The worst part is that I missed the return date and now have to pay a $3.00 fine for a movie that was unwatchable! Grrrr....

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