High Society

High Society

DVD - 2003
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In this sophisticated 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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swyckl
Jun 11, 2017

If you like comedy (possible musical) done 1940-1950 style you will like this DVD. I did!

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Nursebob
Sep 13, 2015

The romantic trials and tribulations of the idle rich make for tedious viewing in Charles Walters’ musical adaptation of "The Philadelphia Story". Highlighted by gorgeous mansions, a string of Cole Porter tunes including the Oscar-nominated “True Love”, and an uplifting cameo by Louis Armstrong and his band as a jazzy Greek Chorus, there is not much here beyond a standard romance albeit one with a bit more glitz and glamour. An ironic lecture on how terrible it is to have to sell one’s mansion for tax reasons goes nowhere and having a wealthy old codger's adultery explained away as simply “a fear of growing old” while his emotional doormat of a wife nods sagely is almost laughable. A first class cast riding in a second-rate vehicle.

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akirakato
Jan 02, 2014

It is a 1956 American musical comedy directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra.
It was the last film appearance of Grace Kelly, before she became Princess consort of Monaco.
Kelly headed the U.S. delegation at the Cannes Film Festival in April 1955.
While there, she was invited to participate in a photo session at the Palace of Monaco with Prince Rainier III,
the sovereign of the principality.
After a series of delays and complications, Kelly met the prince in Monaco.
At the time of her initial meeting with Rainier, Kelly was romantically linked to the French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont.
Upon returning to America, Kelly began work on "The Swan," in which she coincidentally portrayed a princess.
Meanwhile, she was privately beginning a correspondence with Rainier.
In December, Rainier came to America on a trip officially designated as a tour, although it was speculated that Rainier was actively seeking a wife.
A 1918 treaty with France stated that if Rainier did not produce an heir, Monaco would revert to France as a result of the Monaco Succession Crisis
of 1918. At a press conference in the United States, Rainier was asked if he was pursuing a wife, to which he answered, "No."
A second question was posed, asking, "If you were pursuing a wife, what kind would you like?" Rainier smiled and answered, "I don't know – the best."
Rainier met Kelly and her family, and after three days, the prince proposed.
Kelly accepted and the families began preparing for what the press called "The Wedding of the Century."
At 1956, Marilyn Monroe was at the height of her career and quite popular all over the world.
I'd say Marilyn was much more popular than Grace.
Although Marilyn was married to Arther Miller in 1965, she was unmarried during 1955.
So Marilyn was available for Rainier.
Apparently, however, Rainier considered Grace as the best and Marilyn probably as the second-best.
Frank Sinatra initially accepted an invitation but at the last minute decided otherwise, afraid of upstaging the bride on her wedding day.
Talking about the film, it is not my cup of tea---rather quite boring.

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richibi
Dec 26, 2013

a slight movie with a stand-out performance by Grace Kelly, the only true performer here, while the others support her with their only passable crooning

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CharlesPonzi
Aug 13, 2013

A classic. Beautiful music by Cole Porter.

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laurahartje
Dec 11, 2012

The only thing I loved about this was Bing Crosby. However, Frank Sinatra came off as an arrogant, self-centered jerk. In the original movie (The Philadelphia Story), Jimmy Stewart played his role and was actually likeable. Lastly, Grace Kelly is no match for the acting expertise of Katherine Hepburn. High Society has nothing on the original.

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Setups
Nov 13, 2012

One of the best movies I have ever seen. I love every character in it. This, in my opinion, is the best movie that Bing Crosby ever acted in. A must see for everyone of any age.

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JudyInTheWack
Jul 17, 2012

Ghastly! The acting is truly awful. Get the original non-musical "The Philadelphia Story" instead and forego the lame songs for some true sparkle.

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