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Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay)
Philip Barry (play)
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Release Date:
17 July 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're all together for the first time! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(187 articles)
User Reviews:
A Major Letdown on All Levels See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Harry Minsey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... 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
Helen Rose .... costumes
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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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
The song True Love, written by Cole Porter especially for the movie, was a million seller and both Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby were awarded platinum records for the song. This is the only platinum record ever given to sitting royalty as Grace Kelly had become Princess Grace by the time it was awarded.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When George takes Tracy, who's obviously had too much to drink, into the blue walled room during the party to lie down on the couch, before she gets there, a boom mic is visible at the top of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
Mike:This joint's full of spies.
Liz Imbrie:That should make us feel at home.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Little OneSee more »

FAQ

"Philadelphia Story"---How Did It Get Re-made as "High Society"?
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Is this movie based on a book?
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Major Letdown on All Levels, 4 July 1999
Author: Tony-208

This film at first glance might seem to have all the makings of a great film, with its main stars (Sinatra, Kelly, Crosby), as well as Louis Armstrong's singing, Cole Porter's songs, and Nelson Riddle's scoring. Which was why I wondered what in the world made this movie fail. It came nowhere near as close to the brilliance of "The Philadelphia Story," as well as failing to even be a good musical.

The script was not as tight as in the original. It came off as being far too contrived and an overall horrible redo of the original. They seemed to stretch the script a bit thin in an attempt to make the musical aspect of it seem logical, and fell flat on its face doing so.

The songs were not really that good in my opinion. I think a good musical leaves you humming the song after you hear it, or maybe even singing along of you know the song. The songs had no such effect on me this time, unlike a great musical like "The Sound of Music" or "My Fair Lady."

Perhaps the greatest disappointment was just how poor everyone's acting was in this movie. For one, there was absolutely no chemistry whatsoever between Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra or between Kelly and Bing Crosby. To use my previous terminology, everyone's acting seemed far too contrived. The rest of the supporting cast was also highly disappointing, especially when compared to the original "Philadelphia Story Cast"

Grace Kelly's acting was outright horrible. She was excellent in "Rear Window" and in "High Noon," so I expected much out of her in this movie. Was I ever let down. Sinatra was great in "The Manchurian Candidate" and fairly good in "From Here to Eternity," but gave a horrible acting performance in this film (I also think his acting sucks in "Guys and Dolls"). I think the fault must be the director's fault, since I know all of the actors could have and have elsewhere done excellent jobs.

I gave this movie a 4 out of 10. I'd say stick to the original "Philadelphia Story," and look for a good musical elsewhere.

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