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High Society [DVD]

Bing Crosby , Grace Kelly , Charles Walters    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, Danish, English, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TIF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This musical remake of 'The Philadelphia Story' stars Grace Kelly as socialite Tracy Lord who, even as she prepares for her second marriage, still has obvious feelings for her ex-husband (Bing Crosby). She also strikes up a friendship with a reporter (Frank Sinatra), who has been sent to cover her society wedding. The Cole Porter score includes 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' and the famous Crosby/Sinatra duet 'Well, Did You Evah'.


MGM's bold idea to remake George Cukor's Oscar-winning upper-class romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, into a star-studded technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes somehow works splendidly and remains an underrated gem. Even the plot and character names--and some bits of dialogue--all remain the same as the original. Crooning Bing Crosby replaces Cary Grant as the wealthy ex-husband trying to win back his soon-to-be-remarried ex-wife, spoiled ice queen Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly, stunning and aloof in her last film role, originated in the earlier comedy by Katherine Hepburn). Unlike Grant, however, Crosby has jazz great Louis Armstrong, playing himself, in his corner for quixotic persuasion. Frank Sinatra (cocky in James Stewart's former role) and Celeste Holm add support as the nosy reporters covering, and subsequently complicating, the upcoming wedding. Sure, High Society lacks the original's witty satire, sarcasm and character complexity; but it's assuredly paced and wonderfully acted, and contains enough romantic chemistry to keep the plot engaging. And then there's the music. Unlike the grandiose production numbers of many 40s and 50s musicals, High Society's musical sequences are considerably low-key and intimate, focusing on Porter's lyrical content and the style in which it's delivered by the charismatic performers. Armstrong kicks the film off in telling style: he sings the title track, a calypso tune outlining the plot like a Greek chorus--not as an elaborately choreographed song-and-dance number, but instead stuffed claustrophobically in the back of a limousine with his jazz band. Other musical standouts include Sinatra and Crosby playfully tossing barbs during "Well, Did You Evah?"; Crosby and Armstrong teaming up for an energetic clash of styles in "Now You Has Jazz"; the two soaring, archetypal ballads by the leads--Crosby's "I Love You, Samantha" and Sinatra's superior "You're Sensational"; and, finally, the satirical Sinatra/Holm duet, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", the closest High Society ever comes to social or class-commentary. --Dave McCoy, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Swell! 8 Jun 2003
Just released on DVD format, 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.
Rarely are remakes a patch on the original but in this case High Society is an exception. That said, however, The Philadelphia Story - with an equally strong cast that includes Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart - is as swell a party...
Like most rereleases of older movies onto DVD, what actually makes you update your video copy are the bonus features. This version includes a short documentary on 'the making of...', narrated by Celeste Holm (born 1919, who played Spy magazine photographer).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Society - the movie 21 Dec 2009
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
High Society - the movie

With Sinatra and Crosby together at last in the same movie, Grace Kelly to add glamour and sophistication, Celeste Holm and Louis Calhern to provide humour, Louis Armstrong and his AllStars doing their thing, and a wonderful score by Cole Porter, this movie totally lived up to what we might expect from such a star-studded array of talent. I can't pick out any best songs because they were all memorable - the romance of `True love' (Crosby and Kelly) and `Mind if I make love to you' (Sinatra), the superb timing of Sinatra and Crosby in `Well, did you evah!', of Crosby and Armstrong in `Now you has jazz', and of Sinatra and Holm in `Who wants to be a millionaire?'. . . the list goes on. A truly five-star musical written around the Newport (R.I.) Jazz Festival as a theme.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and colourful movie! 28 Feb 2007
Uplifting, and feel-good musical starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly!

This is a lovely film full of entertaining songs and performances, and all done in rich and sumptuous colour! Grace Kelly gets 'the pick of the boys' in this - but ends up re-marrying her estranged husband, played by Bing Crosby. Whilst never really mad about Bing Crosby, one has to say, that at almost 53 years of age here (and remember; people were much older for their years back then than they are now) still looked a bit of a spunk! Especially when compared to the too-rugged looking Frank Sinatra, and the slightly serious and boring chap she (Grace Kelly) intends to marry.

Watch this lovely movie, and forever after go on singing 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make 'em Like This Any More! 12 Mar 2009
This is a total and utter classic and definitely one of my favourites of all time - ( I am a BIG Grace Kelly fan) and Grace Kelly absolutely dazzles in this film from start to finish. The film has everything for the true escapist: glamour, humour, romance all set within the world of the fabulously rich! Grace Kelly (who once expressed a desire to be a comedienne) shows her versatility and her impeccable sense of timimg for the delivery of her lines and over-dramatic gestures.
Also in this film are Bing Crosby and a very young Frank Sinatra so the songs are recognisable (for those of cetain age!!) Top of the musical bill however, is Loius Armstrong (Sachmo) who plays himself beautifully. It is a typical love story with a happy ending and I love it, love it, love it!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth re-watching. 23 Oct 2006
By bernie VINE VOICE
By now you know this is a remake of "The Philadelphia Story" and may have a tendency to compare them. I did this my self at first; then I realized they each have their strong points. I even get them mixed up now and them. All you have to do is remember this is the musical. My favorite song in the list is "True Love". Of course as with everything different people are bound to have different favorites and there are plenty to chose from.

In case you are new to the story, basically C.K. Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby) and Tracy Samantha Lord (Grace Kelly) are divorced. Tracy is getting married again. The clan is gathering. We watch as they go through the motions and emotions of courting and reevaluating their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film! 2 May 2009
By drewina
A great Classic with top-drawer actors. Super story and the film certainly captures it well. Light-hearted with some drama. Grace Kelly, I think, in one of her finest roles. Really great songs too. Must have watched it at least 20 times and it's still fresh. First saw it when I was 12 years old and I have loved it ever since.
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