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High Society (1955)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 April 1955 (USA)
Sach is informed that he is the heir to the fortune of a high society mogul. When he arrives for the reading of the will, he discovers that the real heir is a young boy, and that Sach's ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Edward Bernds (story), Jerome S. Gottler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky
Amanda Blake ... Clarissa Jones
David Gorcey ... Chuck (as David Condon)
Addison Richards ... Sam Cosgrove
Paul Harvey ... Henry Baldwin
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... H. Stuyvesant Jones
Ronald Keith Ronald Keith ... Terwilliger Debussy 'Twig' Jones III
Gavin Gordon ... Frisbie the Butler
Dave Barry ... Palumbo the Pianist
Benny Bartlett ... Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Marten the Chauffeur
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Storyline

Sach is informed that he is the heir to the fortune of a high society mogul. When he arrives for the reading of the will, he discovers that the real heir is a young boy, and that Sach's birth certificate had been forged by family members who don't want the youngster to inherit all the money. Sach and the gang determine to expose the relatives' scheme and see that the boy gets what is rightfully his. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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What A BALL! What A BRAWL! Those half-baked lowbrows crash the upper crust! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta sociedad See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The screenplay was mistakenly nominated for an Academy Award when the Academy nominating committee confused the title with the Bing Crosby / Grace Kelly musical, High Society (1956), released the following year. The writers graciously declined the nomination. See more »

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Follows Here Come the Marines (1952) See more »

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We're Not Approaching Newport Rhode I.
18 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Now how anyone at the Motion Picture Academy could possibly have confused this High Society with the classic High Society that came out the following year is beyond me. But they did and contributed to one of the great faux pas in the history of Hollywood.

This film which came out in 1955 through a clerical error of massive proportions got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay which must have sent writer/director Edward Bernds into cardiac arrest. The better known High Society came out in 1956 so the Academy did not even get the year right. Bernds had the graciousness and good sense to turn the nomination down.

With no Cole Porter songs or Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to sing them, this High Society involves a scam to use one Horace DeBussy Jones in a scam to deprive young heir Ronald Keith of the inheritance from his grandfather Terwilliger Jones. Since that is Huntz Hall's actual character name, the very high falutin' nature of that name with a little doctoring of Hall's actual birth certificate and certain other unscrupulous relatives have manufactured another heir.

Someone not as essentially decent as Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall were would have wanted a decent cut of the scam when they found out about it. But they wouldn't be the Bowery Boys then.

This rather ordinary entry in this series becomes a Hollywood legend. Positively stupefying.


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