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Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby star in this romantic musicalcomedy with songs by Cole Porter. With socialite Tracy Lord (Kelly)about to remarry, her ex-husband (Cosby)--with the help of a sympatheticreporter (Sinatra)--has 48 hours to convince her that she really stillloves him. Based on the film The Philadelphia Story]]>
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This is one of those films where everything is great. The whole cast is excelent. This is classical Hollywood in full gear!!
The music by Cole Porter will leave you singing for days after you see this movie: "Well, Did You Evah?", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", "Little One", "You're Sensational" and the multi-million Dollar seller "True Love" are great tunes. The film has also a five-minute overture with music that is usually cut by television (great music!!!).
This DVD comes with a great pack of extras. But first... the image: gorgeous Technicolor (it was shot in VistaVision). The beautiful soundtrack was remastered in Dolby 5.1 (it seems it was recorded only 10 years ago). There is also a documentary on Cole Porter hosted by Celeste Holm herself! (still beautiful after all these years). There is a newsreel about the film's premiere, Radio adds with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, Trailers (from both "High Society" and "The Philadelphia Story"), Notes ..........and a great Cinemascope Cartoon "Millionaire Droopie".
The only bad thing about this DVD is that the subtitles dissapear during the songs (and there are 3 languages).
Anyway... this a great film with all the elements at their peak!
The Sinatra performance is also solid, but there's plenty of good Sinatra elsewhere on film. What's unique about this film is his "Well, Did Ya Evah?" duet with Crosby. For years they had been radio rivals, the "old pro" favoring crowd-pleasing "smooth and easy" tunes and the skinny new star emphasizing more urgent and dramatic material appealing to the personal emotions of a new generation. Crosby is the "natural," capable of all sorts of graceful vocal elocutions and tricks; Sinatra is the driven, serious modern man, executing musical material with a no-nonsense approach.Read more ›
Kelly plays the spoilt heiress Tracy Samantha Lord, a rather icy perfectionist (this generation would say `control freak'), who is due to marry the stuffy George Kitteridge (John Lund) when her ex-husband C K Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby), unexpectedly turns up... Still in love with her, he puts in place a subtle plan to win back her heart. Throw in an incorrigible little sister, a playboy dad, a couple of snoops from Spy magazine, Louis Armstrong (as himself) and buckets of champagne... and now you has jazz!
With a witty script and quite the line-up (it was the first time Crosby and Frank Sinatra, playing Spy magazine reporter, appeared on screen together), the romantic comedy is carried by one of Cole Porter's best - and one of his last - musical scores which includes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Well, Did You Evah?, Now You Has Jazz, and Kelly and Crosby's moving duet True Love.
Like most rereleases of older movies onto DVD, what actually makes you update your video copy are the bonus features. Along with the nostalgic newsreel of the film's 1956 première, this version includes a short documentary on `the making of...', narrated by Celeste Holm (born 1919, who played Spy magazine photographer). Although it makes for entertaining viewing (throwing up little snippets such as how Kelly's father warned Prince Rainier of Monaco before they got married she was a [bad] driver), one can't help thinking that someone cruelly substituted Holm's oxygen tank with helium...
Overall verdict? Thoroughly entertaining and an absolute must for fans of classic musicals and all that jazz...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect film, stellar cast. Just a lot of fun, from legends at their peak, in a great era in America.Published 6 days ago by VSM
High Society is a lukewarm rehash of a much better film (The Philadelphia Story). In this musical version, jazz musician C.K. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Einsatz
So I started watching musicals with the wife because "quality time". Guys and Dolls was a lot better movie. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Doug
I watched High Society after watching it about 30 years earlier. Amazing how a person's view changes over time. I agree with the review that said Bing Crosby was miscast. He is. Read morePublished 28 days ago by C.J.C.
This is a wonderful movie. It's a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story with Kate Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart (which I also recommend). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a funny old movie starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and a short part for Louis Armstrong. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Mckinzie
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