in about 100 words or less
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 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).