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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 »
User Reviews:
Join in the belly-laughs! See more (132 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:
Hugh Boswell ... The Parson (uncredited)
Barrett Deems ... Louis' Drummer (uncredited)
Edmond Hall ... Louis' Clarinetist (uncredited)
Paul Keast ... Editor (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Mac (uncredited)
Billy Kyle ... Louis' Pianist (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Ruth - Jazz Festival Organizer (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:
Elizabeth Taylor was the first choice for the part of Tracy Lord. She was unavailable so the part went to Grace Kelly.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When he says to Tracy his father was a teacher in South Bend, Mike puts both his hands between his legs. In the next shot he has his hands leaning on the couch by his sides.See more »
Quotes:
Mike:Have you heard the story of a boy a girl, unrequited love?
Dexter:Sounds like pure soap opera.
Mike:I may cry.
Dexter:Tune in tomorrow.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Well, Did You EvahSee more »

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Premiere of "High Society"---Who Attended?
Is Clarendon Court, the von Bulows' mansion, featured in this movie?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Join in the belly-laughs!, 17 January 2007
Author: polar24 from Australia

This second rendition of the exuberant play by John Barry, while inferior to Cukor's 1940 version, remains a delightful farce on the upper class thanks to the witty, sparkling script from the play by John Barry.

The cast is commendable albeit not spectacular given , showcasing the drollery of the script. Grace Kelly (in her last complete screen performance) surprises us with her comedic talents helped along by the script; Crosby slips into the comfortable role of the guy-next-door that is all too familiar with his screen person. Sinatra (showing some of his age) sings adequately, but seems a little distant and lacks the edge, danger and sexiness of his 1940 counterpart.

I might only add that the 3 principals seemed to lack that spark which validated their freewheeling around L.A singing songs about making love. On screen I did not feel they were as youthful and vibrant as seen in some of their earlier films.

The direction by Charles Walters - an accomplished director of film musicals including Gigi, Ziegfeld Follies, and Annie get your Gun - supports the cast very well with various long shots of the mansion and sunny California. He is splendidly able to infuse the house with it's sparkling jewels and ornaments with a sense of grandeur, merriment and delight so that it fully inhabits the characters and their kingdom.

The scene-stealer each time is Louis Armstrong and his band. While his interludes are not his best pieces to showcase, the music is pleasant, dreamy and fun. What else would you expect from this rollicking comedy? And how can you not love Armstrong? He was so adorable!

It was interesting to note the audience's reaction to this film. Musicals are one of my favourite genres - I love them for the swooning and swinging numbers - however the audience did not appreciate it so much. There were even groans and boos (which I found disrespectful - you must know it's a musical!) when Sinatra and Kelly burst into dreamy love duets. I have to admit though that the transition of the songs in the film was not altogether seamless (even choppy at times). At times it seemed like a selling point for the producers to capitalise on the musical craze sweeping the country during that period in Hollywood (See Kelly and Sinatra sing!); add name dropping, and songs & lyrics that misrepresent Cole Porter's skill and wit as a composer.

This is a fun film however deeply overshadowed by the original 1940 version and lacking Cuckor's razor-sharp screwball slapstick. The pace is also slower however it probably compensates for delighting us with the elegant sets and musical interludes.

I was also fortunate to see this film with audience and definitely relished hearing the viewers chortle along to the absurd story and zany characters. It was impossible not to join in the belly-laughs in this dreamy ride.

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