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High Society (1956)

US 111m, Colour
Director: Charles Walters; Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, Lydia Reed, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Louis Armstrong

high_societyHigh Society is a screwball musical comedy about the impending second marriage of a woman who is pursued by her ex-husband (a popular jazz musician), her fiance (a bland but respectable gentleman), and a tabloid reporter who was sent to cover her wedding. Faced with a house full of guests, Tracy must make a last-minute decision that will give her a second chance at happiness. As a remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940), High Society’s musical numbers, while mildly entertaining, add little to a film whose male participants seem too old, and too tired to be of any interest to a woman almost half their age (Klaus Ming March 2015).

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2 comments on “High Society (1956)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    03/08/2015

    I’ve always resisted seeing this. I mean, Philadelphia Story. How can you improve on that?
    “I wouldn’t live here if they paid me.”
    “Don’t worry, they won’t.”

    • Klaus
      03/08/2015

      I wouldn’t have bothered if it were not on the 1001 list – though i’m still a bit perplexed why it is on the list. Philadelphia Story is by far a superior movie. Plus, it’s kind of creepy – Bing looks old enough to be Kelly’s grandfather.

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