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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:
A brilliant musical feist, with some underlying social commentary. See more (128 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)
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Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Philip Barry (play)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer (uncredited)
 
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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Additional Details

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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:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #18065)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the library "Did You Evah" sequence, Dexter is reading 'Touring Topics'. This was the Automobile Club's member magazine before it became 'Westways' in 1934.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Boom shadow visible against the bookshelf to the left as Dexter and Mike Connor leave the library singing the lyrics "swellegant, elegant"See more »
Quotes:
Tracy:Mother, don't you think Caroline is old enough to be sent to a good military school?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Kisses (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Now You Has JazzSee more »

FAQ

Is Clarendon Court, the von Bulows' mansion, featured in this movie?
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant musical feist, with some underlying social commentary., 28 December 2002
Author: simondajo from Perth, Australia

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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