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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stars! Great songs! Great film! ...GREAT DVD!
This is a musical remake of George Cukor's classic "The Philadelphia Story". The new setting: the Newport Jazz Festival and the chic mansions on its surroundings. The story is exactly the same: Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly in her last film) is engaged to David (John Lund). But her ex-husband (Bing Crosby) won't let her go that easily. In the between, there are a couple of...
Published on June 10, 2003 by Paulo Leite

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Elegant Musical Classic
I know it's a pretty tiresome phrase, but unfortunately it's true. THEY DON'T MAKE MOVIES LIKE THEY USE TOO! I doubt that they'll ever be as much talent involved in one movie ever again. First lets look at the cast. We have Frank Sinatra ( My favorite singer of all time!) next there's Grace Kelly ( One of my favorite actresses) and then there's Bing Crosby and Louis...
Published on August 23, 2000 by Alex Udvary


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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stars! Great songs! Great film! ...GREAT DVD!, June 10, 2003
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Paulo Leite (Lisbon, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: High Society (DVD)
This is a musical remake of George Cukor's classic "The Philadelphia Story". The new setting: the Newport Jazz Festival and the chic mansions on its surroundings. The story is exactly the same: Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly in her last film) is engaged to David (John Lund). But her ex-husband (Bing Crosby) won't let her go that easily. In the between, there are a couple of journalists (Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm) with problems on their own.
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!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner in every aspect..., November 25, 2000
This review is from: High Society [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I've just finished watching "High Society" after having first seen "The Philadelphia Story" only a month ago. Both films are phenomenal, on their own and shouldn't be compared. They succeed wonderfully in very different ways. The cinematography of "High Society" is excellent and is one of the major factors of it's success. In many ways, it makes it a very, dare I say, 'modern' musical, not seeming at all fluffy or schmaltzy. The musical numbers are intimately filmed, and with Cole Porter's music and lyrics, it works amazingly well. Case in point..."Well Did You Evah". I believe this to be one of Sinatra's best roles, quite cool, charming, and thoroughly convincing. And then he sings...and all is well with the world. Bing is at his cool best and Grace Kelly is stunningly beautiful, even with her role's snobbery fully intact. It is a shame that Sinatra and Bing only had one other movie together "robin and the Seven Hoods" because their chemistry is unsurpassed. Add the jazz and personality of Satchmo, and what you have is one of the most enjoyable 107 minutes that you could spend in front of the tube. Highly recommended. Let's hope the DVD version is in the works!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bing's Beat, May 16, 2003
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Given the lack of fuss made over the centenary year of Bing Crosby's birth, it appears that, as far as the public at large is concerned, Bing is little more than a Christmas period piece. This film should help set the record straight about the most influential vocalist and entertainer of the first half of the last century. His feature number with Pops ("Now You Has Jazz") is a treasure, presenting two of the most naturally gifted, closely matched American musicians simply enjoying each other's company while becoming completely caught up in the musical moment. Satchmo absolutely shines (sometimes that smile could betray traces of auto-pilot, but not in this film). And Bing's got that thing going with his head that was the hallmark of his most genuine, inspired, heart-felt performances: he's way back on his heels and everything above his shoulders takes on an animated, even "pixillated" quality. No longer is he being merely smooth and easy (and singing certainly did come easy for him), but his head is illustrating the beat, in that curious, punching, out-of-synch pattern that he had whenever he was really feeling it.

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. At one point, when Croz goes for one of his elegant swoops, Sinatra retorts, "Don't Dig That Kind of Croonin', Chum."
But despite their considerable differences, and despite Crosby's dominating screen presence (perhaps for the last time in his career), the two wind up as arm-in-arm, complementary musical partners for what indeed is one of the swellest parties in the history of film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All that jazz and more!, June 22, 2003
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Pip Farquharson (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Just released on DVD, this fabulous musical remake of George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940) sees Grace Kelly in her last ever film role before crossing the pond to marry into the Monaco monarchy (she even wore her actual engagement ring in the movie).
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...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Elegant Musical Classic, August 23, 2000
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Alex Udvary (chicago, il United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Society [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I know it's a pretty tiresome phrase, but unfortunately it's true. THEY DON'T MAKE MOVIES LIKE THEY USE TOO! I doubt that they'll ever be as much talent involved in one movie ever again. First lets look at the cast. We have Frank Sinatra ( My favorite singer of all time!) next there's Grace Kelly ( One of my favorite actresses) and then there's Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong! And they're all singing to the Oscar nominated songs of Cole Porter (My favorite composer). This is a movie that will entertain anybody who watches it. It's filled with great music, great acting, and a sharp witty script by John Patrick , which is based on Philip Barry's " Philadelphia Story". There are many high points in this film which include Crosby's and Sinatra's duet of "Well, Did You Evah?". Then there's Sinatra's version of "Mind If I Make Love To You?" , which is one of my favorite songs written by Porter. Plus Crosby sings the Oscar nominated "True Love". A fun movie that the whole family can enjoy! Buy or rent it tonight.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sorce of entainment, July 19, 2000
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This review is from: High Society [VHS] (VHS Tape)
High Society, starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby is a delightful musical. It is a remake of the big hit THE PHILADELPHIA STORY which starred Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewert. In High Society Bing Crosby plays C.K Dexter Haven the "x" of Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) who turns up suddenly when he hears that Tracy is being remarried. Tracy of course is furious and does not want him there. To add to her problems two reporters,(one of which is played by Frank Sinatra) show up. Tracy refuses to admit that she's still in love with Dexter and refuses to call of the wedding. Louis Armstrong toots out some great tunes by Cole Porter and Grace Kelly does an excellent job, especially in her drunk scene. This movie is an absoulute must!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film !, November 30, 2004
This review is from: High Society (DVD)
Imagine this cast: Grace Kelly , Frankie , Bing Crosby , Satchmo and add it a Cole Porter score .

The script is more than obvious it is the typical comedy of mistakes where the good girl at last will make the right choice , plenty of smart gags and clever funny situations and double sense jokes .

Entertaining and one of my favorite films of the fifties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super, super, super, December 26, 2003
This review is from: High Society (DVD)
What a cast! Grace Kelly, Crosby and Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Celeste Holm. Add to that the fact that High Society isa remake of George Cukor's Oscar-winning upperclass romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, sprinkle marvelous and intimate Cole Porter tunes throughout, and the ironic fact that this was Grace Kelly's last film role, and it's a sure winner.
Louis Armstrong, playing himself (and who can imagine him playing anyone else?), starts the movie off by singing the title song. The song and soft-shoe numbers between Crosby and Sinatra, Sinatra and Holmes, Crosby and Armstrong are unforgettable.
The plot, of course, is based on: Who Will Tracy Marry? We've got her engaged and about to wed a stuffed shirt, but also present are her ex-husband who still loves her and the scandal rag reporter who falls for his intended victim.
Marvelous and witty social commentary, tho the `social' message is more downplayed than in the original Philadelphia Story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!, May 28, 2003
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This review is from: High Society (DVD)
I love old movies of all kinds, but this and Singing in the Rain are as good as they get. This is a remake of the Philledalphia Story, and they make it into a musical. By addding a superb cast and fun music, it is great for the whole family. Unlike some acadamy award winning old movies (which are all very good too) High Society is good for when you are feeling serious and when you just want to relax.
The story follows Tracy, a rich society girl who is engaged. Then her ex, Dexter shows up, and he still loves Tracy. With a little help from Tarcys sister Caroline, and some mixing up from two reporters, the film is hilarious and ends spectacuraly.
Overall, excellent!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bubbly Musical Remake of Hepburn Classic!, December 7, 2002
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'High Society', MGM's musical remake of Philip Barry's classic 'The Philadelphia Story', is a frothy, high-spirited joy! While it lacks the inestimable star power of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, in replacing the male leads with the greatest crooners of all time, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and offering Hollywood's Princess, Grace Kelly, in her last film role, MGM was NOT dropping the marquee value by much! Add to the mix the legendary Louis Armstrong, and one of Cole Porter's last great film scores (including the lushly romantic 'True Love'), and you have all the ingredients for a delightful movie experience!
Changing the film's locale from Philadelphia to Newport, the class distinction subplot of the story becomes, at best, a minor plot point, but it does provide the 'hook' of the Newport Jazz Festival to bring in Armstrong, and to add songwriting as a hobby of millionaire C.K. Dexter-Haven (Crosby). His ex, Tracy Samantha Lord (called 'Sam' in this version, so Cole Porter could recycle his tune 'Goodbye, Amanda', as 'Goodbye Samantha'), and played by the luminous Kelly, is remarrying, to boring, wooden George Kittredge (played woodenly by John Lund). An 'Enquirer'-type scandal sheet, 'The Spy', blackmails the family into allowing a writer and photographer (Sinatra and Celeste Holm) to cover the nuptials (in an improvement on the original story, where Cary Grant 'sells out' the Lords in an attempt to disrupt the wedding).
From this point on, the film follows the original version fairly closely, adding songs to 'spice up' the proceedings. Sinatra and Holm take potshots at the idle rich with 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?'; Crosby tosses off a sweet ditty for Sam's little sister ('Little One'), and attempts, with Armstrong, to explain contemporary music ('Now You Has Jazz'); Sinatra, smitten with Kelly, expresses his feelings ('You're Sensational' and 'Can I Make Love To You?'); Crosby and Kelly, in a flashback, recall their honeymoon ('True Love', which became a hit single, earning both stars a gold record). The film highlight is, understandably, the fabulous and funny duet between Crosby and Sinatra, 'Well, Did You Evah?' (rich with sly comments on Crosby's famous fortune, and Sinatra's 'new' style of crooning). The number is nearly always featured in MGM musical retrospectives, and is a show-stopper!
As all the pieces fall into place for a 'beautiful' wedding, (which concludes both versions of the story), Louis Armstrong provides a final coda that is both charming and a reminder that Hollywood just doesn't make 'em like this any more!
'High Society' may not be in the stratosphere of 'The Philadephia Story', but it certainly has a well-deserved place in the cosmos of its own! This one's a keeper!
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