Bing Crosby ■ Grace Kelly ■ Frank Sinatra
C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy's heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men as she discovers that "safe" can mean "deadly dull" when it comes to husbands and life.
Normally I rarely watch remakes and almost never care for them...but...High Society is the exception for me. There is just something fun about this Technicolor musical comedy extravaganza.
It is one of my two favorite Grace Kelly movies and is my favorite Sinatra movie. The original movie is The Philadelphia Story but despite my love of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart, it just doesn't have the same sparkle as High Society. Not to mention, in my opinion, Jimmy Stewart was still just too wholesome in 1940 to pull off the jaded-but-still-innocent reporter Mike, however, Frank Sinatra is perfect for the character. And Katharine Hepburn just didn't speak rich, spoiled, Tracy Lord quite as well as blonde beauty Grace Kelly.
If you love the old classic movies, like I do, I definitely recommend watching both versions just for fun. One also can't help but love Bing Crosby, especially his interaction with the lively and adorable Caroline, his young sister-in-law.
High Society is a fun romantic comedy from the day and age when they really knew how to make a good movie. It's also a must see for any fan of these actors and especially musicals.
Bing Crosby ... C. K. Dexter-Haven
Grace Kelly ... Tracy Lord
Frank Sinatra ... Mike Connor
Celeste Holm ... Liz Imbrie
John Lund ... George Kittredge
Louis Calhern ... Uncle Willie
Sidney Blackmer ... Seth Lord
Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. Seth Lord
Lydia Reed ... Caroline Lord
Clarendon Court - Bellevue Avenue at Yznaga Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island
750 Bel Air Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, CA (studio)
Louis Armstrong: End of song, beginning of story!
Caroline Lord: Dexter, are you ever going to get married again?
Dexter: Sure I am, I'm just waiting for you to grow up.
Caroline Lord: Oh Dexter, for you I'll hurry.
Dexter: You're gonna have to.
Mike: Hey, Liz.
Liz Imbrie: Huh?
Mike: Look at all the loot they've collected.
Liz Imbrie: They must run a hockshop on the side.
Mike: [on telephone] This is the voice of doom.
Mrs. Lord: What?
Mike: This is to tell you your days are numbered.
Mrs. Lord: Oh dear. One of the servants has been at the sherry again.
George Kittredge: This is all your fault! You and your whole rotten class!
Dexter: Oh, class my...
Dexter: Uncle Willy, this morning you look like a tree full of owls.