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High Society -- An all-star musical romp finds Grace Kelly about to remarry when wealthy ex-husband Bing Crosby pops back into her life and tries to win her back.


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John Patrick (screenplay)
Philip Barry (play)
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Release Date:
17 July 1956 (USA) See more »
A New High In The Movie Sky. See more »
C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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What a swelegant, elegant movie this is See more (134 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Gordon Richards ... Dexter-Haven's Butler
Richard Garrick ... Lords' Butler
Louis Armstrong and His Band ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Anderson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hugh Boswell ... The Parson (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Barrett Deems ... Louis' Drummer (uncredited)
William Duray ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edmond Hall ... Louis' Clarinetist (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Keast ... Editor (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Mac (uncredited)
Billy Kyle ... Louis' Pianist (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Ruth - Jazz Festival Organizer (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Arvell Shaw ... Louis' Bassist (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Lawrence - Uncle Willie's Butler (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Helen - Jazz Festival Organizer (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Young ... Louis' Trombonist (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Philip Barry (play)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
Original Music by
Cole Porter 
Johnny Green (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Richard Pefferle (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Lowell Kinsall .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... music adaptor
Johnny Green .... music adaptor
Johnny Green .... music supervisor
Cole Porter .... lyrics by
Nelson Riddle .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Charles Walters .... stager: musical numbers
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:G | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (2002) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (2003) (2004) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18065) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

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Musical adaptation of the play and movie The Philadelphia Story (1940).See more »
Boom mic visible: Boom barely drops into the top of the frame for a split second, but the shadow clearly travels across the wall when George takes Tracy into the conservatory to lie down after she drunkenly sings that she's "Sensational".See more »
Tracy:Oh, I think men are wonderful.
Liz Imbrie:The little dears.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in De-Lovely (2004)See more »
Well, Did You EvahSee more »


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48 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
What a swelegant, elegant movie this is, 6 June 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

MGM was pretty lucky to secure the talents of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Celeste Holm, and Louis Armstrong to get involved in this great musical adaption of The Philadelphia Story.

Cole Porter contributed a great original score for this film with songs very specifically written to suit the talents of High Society's players. I do wish Celeste Holm had been given more to do than just the duet with Frank Sinatra, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. On Broadway Celeste Holm was a musical star with Oklahoma and Bloomer Girl to her credit, but MGM didn't want to recognize that.

For this film, the story is reset from Philadelphia to Newport, Rhode Island to bring in the famous Jazz Festival. Philip Barry's social commentary is toned down and a very partisan Greek Chorus is added in the person of Mr. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Satchmo tells you right up front who he's pulling for to win Grace Kelly and he helps musically along the way.

Satch and Bing have that classic Now You Has Jazz duet, so successful was it that they did an album together a few years later. Bing Crosby during his life was crazy about jazz musicians and there was no one he liked better than Louis Armstrong. No one on the planet could resist that man's joy for living.

Grace Kelly got a chance to bat 1000 in the recording industry. She was no singer as she would have freely admitted, but Cole Porter wrote True Love specifically to accommodate her limited range and when she does the last two bars of True Love with Der Bingle she got a million selling record for her one and only platter. As for Bing he got his 20th Gold record and the only one not with Decca records.

True Love was nominated for Best Song at the Oscars but lost to Doris Day's Que Sera Sera which boomed all over the charts in 1956. It was sadly Cole Porter's last opportunity to win an Oscar for one of his movie songs.

Frank Sinatra got a couple of good ballads in You're Sensational and Mind If I Make Love to You, but what he's best remembered for is that classic Well Did You Evah duet with Bing. Today's fans can't possibly appreciate the screen meeting of the two best and best known singers for the previous generations. A musical summit conference.

High Society's tone is a lot lighter than the Philadelphia Story. The cast in terms of acting ability are not in the same league as Grant, Stewart, Hepburn, and Hussey. But folks it is a musical. I doubt those stars could have carried off the Cole Porter score.

You can't miss with a cast like this, in either film for that matter.

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