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High Society (1956)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  17 July 1956 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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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. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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17 July 1956 (USA)  »

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Alta Sociedade  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Cole Porter's, "Well, Did You Evah", sung here by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, was originally performed by (film's director) Charles Walters and Betty Grable in the 1939 Broadway musical "DuBarry Was A Lady". See more »

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During the singing of "Did You ever" by Dexter and Mike in the bar in the library, they pick up the wrong champagne glasses after Dexter has topped them up. See more »

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Mike: We'll go over the wall. Whose car should we use?
Tracy: Any one.
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Tracy: Oh no, that's mine!
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Well, Did You Evah
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Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra
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A brilliant musical feist, with some underlying social commentary.
28 December 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

To see a movie more than once is rare for me, and I've watched this movie with great enjoyment a few times. What is the role of a movie? There are many. When I'm feeling blue this kind of movie always makes me feel happy; how can that be a bad thing? The music is simply wonderful, and I'm not really a "musical" fan; its just the sheer talent of Porter, Sinatra, Crosby, and of course Louis; a combination of such talent which you will rarely find. The music is also very skillfully and effortlessly placed into the story line, that you hardly realize it is a "musical". Some social commentary is relevant today, such as the "privileges" of the rich and superficiality of such, and the eternal problem of making bad decisions in marriage. I have a spirited creative friend who is involved with a "stable" secure guy, but remains uncertain and confused as to her reasons for marrying him, apart from the fact that she wants to make him happy, I gather for reasons of guilt about her self-confessed selfishness and need for absolution; Grace Kelly in her role has the same doubts and motives I think and is willing to go through with it for no obvious reason; just because "its there", and the guy is stable but absolutely lacking in spirit and soul. I have another friend who has never considered marriage because she is surrounded by "privileged" people or guys obsessed with money; she believes in 'True Love" and would marry for no other reason no matter the class or financial status of the guy...so these dilemmas are real in the 21st century, so I found the understated attitudes in the film relevant. Of course in those days the films had to have a happy ending; not so in reality, so the escapist element is good for the soul too, especially for a romantic and eternal optimist like myself. The music makes the film, but look for understated social commentary even in those supposedly lightweight plots common in those days.


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