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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.~Hal Erickson
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Featurette Cole Porter in Hollywood: True Love, hosted by Celeste Holm
This musical remake of 1930’s the Philadelphia story is okay I guess but lacked the ‘umph’ That other musicals of that era like my fair lady
And Gigi had that pulled you in and actually made you care about the
Characters. Honestly I felt nothing for grace kelly’s Plight of having to
Choose between her feelings for ex bing Crosby and her future hubby ‘in waiting’ John Lund. Sinatra does his best as a possible suitor but it all seems like more of an excuse to let grace Kelly do her premodonna thing. Some call this a Hollywood classic but I think it’s a “highly society overrated’
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I bought this as a gift from the online store and it came really fast without issues. Great movie!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Sinatra/Crosby and Kelly were great in this movie, if a fan of Classic Movies this a must.