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High Society

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1956
  • Charles Walters
  • 102 mins
  • U

Summary

Romantic complications arise when a playboy composer sets out to win back his ex-wife. However, she is about to marry another man - and the situation becomes even more difficult when a cynical reporter enters the fray. Musical comedy based on The Philadelphia Story with a score by Cole Porter, starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly, with Louis Armstrong appearing as himself.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This musical remake of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story was a smash hit, particularly in Britain, making comparisons with its fabulous forerunner unnecessary. It's cleverly under-directed (star Bing Crosby couldn't dance) by the brilliant Charles Walters and offers many joys, notably the teaming of crooners Crosby and Frank Sinatra for the witty Cole Porter number Well, Did You Evah?, and the delightful Grace Kelly in a role she plays perfectly, that of a spoiled rich brat. Sinatra and Celeste Holm make a snappy pair of journalists (and bring that snap to another Porter classic, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), but sadly jazz great Louis Armstrong is reduced to the chorus and stooge to Crosby.

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Credits

Cast

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CK Dexter-HavenBing Crosby
Tracy Samantha LordGrace Kelly
Mike ConnorFrank Sinatra
Liz ImbrieCeleste Holm
George KittredgeJohn Lund
Uncle WillieLouis Calhern
Seth LordSidney Blackmer
Mrs Seth LordMargalo Gillmore
Caroline LordLydia Reed
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong

Crew

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DirectorCharles Walters

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2002-05-31
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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