High Society

High Society

Bing Crosby
Director: Charles Walters Cast: Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
, Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Charles Walters

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Overview

High Society is a glossy Technicolor-and-VistaVision musical remake of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1940), decked out with million-watt star power and a Cole Porter score. Set amongst the rich and famous in Newport, RI, the story revolves around the wedding plans of socialite Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly). Tracy is all set to marry stuffy George Kittridge (John Lund), while magazine writer Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Celeste Holm) intend to cover the ceremony. Meanwhile, Tracy's ex-husband C.K. Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby) also comes calling, ostensibly to the attend the annual Newport Jazz Festival, but actually for the purpose of winning Tracy back. In the course of events, Mike falls in love with Tracy, and she with him. The Jazz Festival subplot allows scriptwriter John Patrick to bring Louis Armstrong into the proceedings, much to the delight of anyone who cares anything about music. The Cole Porter tunes include the Crosby-Sinatra duet "Well, Did You Evah?," the Crosby-Armstrong teaming "Now You Has Jazz," the Kelly-Crosby romantic ballad "True Love," and the Sinatra solo "You're Sensational." Though it lacks the satiric edge of the Philip Barry original (Barry, incidentally, is not given any screen credit), High Society succeeds on its own lighthearted terms. The film represents Grace Kelly's final acting assignment before her real-life wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
UPC: 0883929005963
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 1,333

Special Features

Closed Caption; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Featurette Cole Porter in Hollywood: True Love, hosted by Celeste Holm; Premiere newsreel; CinemaScope cartoon Millionsire Droopy; Audio-only bonus: radio ads; Trailers for this and the Philadelphia Story; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby C.K. Dexter-Haven
Grace Kelly Tracy Lord
Frank Sinatra Mike Connor
Celeste Holm Liz Imbrie
John Lund George Kittredge
Louis Armstrong Himself
Louis Calhern Uncle Willie
Sidney Blackmer Seth Lord
Margalo Gillmore Mrs. Seth Lord
Lydia Reed Caroline Lord
Gordon Richards Dexter-Haven's Butler
Hugh Boswell Parson
Paul Keast Editor
Richard Keene Mac
Ruth Lee Matron
Reginald Simpson Uncle Willie's Butler
Helen Spring Matron

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director,Choreography
Saul Chaplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
John Patrick Screenwriter
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Hans Peters Art Director
Cole Porter Songwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- High Society
1. Overture [4:48]
2. Credits [1:39]
3. High Society Calypso [2:14]
4. Dexter's Digs [2:08]
5. Wedding Gifts [2:25]
6. Spolisports [2:39]
7. George Kittredge [2:09]
8. Little One [2:37]
9. A Couple of Spies [3:57]
10. Voice of Doom [2:44]
11. The Lord Ladies [5:45]
12. Between Two Husbands [2:41]
13. Papa! [2:31]
14. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? [2:56]
15. Dexter's Gift [1:58]
16. Honeymooners: True Love [1:10]
17. Yar or Worshipped? [3:40]
18. Paternal Commentary [2:10]
19. Taken for a Ride [2:24]
20. You're Sensational [3:27]
21. I Love You Samantha [5:02]
22. Wonderful Time [3:24]
23. Now You Has Jazz [2:46]
24. She's Sensational [4:49]
25. Well, Did You Evah? [3:38]
26. Hide and Seek [5:23]
27. Mind If I Make Love to You? [2:56]
28. Jumping to Conclusions [4:03]
29. Morning After [4:11]
30. Night Before [4:35]
31. Changes of Heart [2:34]
32. Simple Announcement [7:10]
33. It's Contagious [3:13]
34. Cast List [:56]

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