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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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Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay)
Philip Barry (play)
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Release Date:
17 July 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A New High In The Movie Sky. 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 Night at the Opera!!! 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Footage of Louis Armstrong from the film was later colorized and digitally inserted into a Diet Coke commercial, to make it seem that Armstrong was "peforming" with Elton John.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Mike:She's a lovely girl.
Tracy:Yes, isn't she? Ah, but we're afraid she has a homicidal streak.
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Soundtrack:
Well, Did You EvahSee more »

FAQ

Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
"Philadelphia Story"---How Did It Get Re-made as "High Society"?
Is this movie based on a book?
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40 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A Night at the Opera!!!, 2 March 2005
Author: Paddy-49 from London, England

I have a theory about "High Society" and that is that you must regard it as an Opera. Now I haven't lost my marbles and I am not suggesting that Cole Porter is Verdi. What I mean is that the story is so preposterous (as are most Opera plots) that it is best not to question it too closely and just enjoy the movie. Porter's music is sensational (to coin a phrase) and the songs are all well performed. Grace Kelly's rendition of "True Love" (yes, it is her - not dubbed) is delicious and just adds to her allure. Isn't it wonderful just how sexy Ms Kelly is in this film? This is 1956 and there is no flashing of bosom or even leg – just her natural beauty. She spends some time in the bedroom with Frank Sinatra and (improbably) remains chaste. Frank the honourable man!

I watched "The Philadelphia Story" again recently and was surprised how much of the script from that movie was retained for "High Society". If you find the story of High Society silly (it is) then it is really the earlier film you should blame. The set piece musical numbers in High Society are absolute classics – indeed there isn't a dud. It's worth listing them and you'll see what I mean: "High Society Calypso";" Little One";" Who Wants to be a Millionaire ?";"True Love";" I Love You Samantha";" Well, Did You Evah"; "Mind If I Make Love To You";" Now You Has Jazz";" You're Sensational". WOW!

When you go to the Opera you want great music, good performances, lovely sets and some sort of feel good factor. With "High Society" you get all this and more. It is played tongue in cheek (how could it not be?) and that is how it should be. Keep your "Film noir" or your "Cinema Vérité" – give me High Society every time!

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