High Society (1956)

Sixty-six years ago today, the film High Society premiered. It is the plot of the play/film The Philadelphia Story with the music of Cole Porter starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. Ingredients for perfection and it does not disappoint. You have to see this movie.

Title: High Society
Directed by: Charles Walters
Produced by: Sol C. Siegel
Screenplay by: John Patrick
Based on: The Philadelphia Story 1939 play by Philip Barry
Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra
Music by: Cole Porter
Cinematography: Paul Vogel
Edited by: Ralph E. Winters
Production companies: Sol C. Siegel Productions, Bing Crosby Productions
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: July 17, 1956
Running time: 111 minutes
Budget: $2.7 million
Box office: $8.2 million

Successful jazz musician C.K. Dexter Haven (with a Newport “robber baron for a grandfather”) is divorced from wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, socialite Tracy Samantha Lord, but remains in love with her. She, however, is about to marry a bland gentleman of good standing, George Kittredge.

Spy Magazine, a fictional tabloid newspaper in possession of embarrassing information about Tracy’s father, sends reporter Mike Connor and photographer Liz Imbrie to cover the nuptials. Tracy begins an elaborate charade as a private means of revenge, introducing her Uncle Willy as her proper father Seth Lord and the latter as her “wicked” Uncle Willy.

Connor falls in love with Tracy, who must choose among three very different men in a course of self-discovery. After becoming tipsy at a party on the eve of her wedding and going off with Connor for a romantic swim, Tracy decides to go through with it until Kittredge takes umbrage. While in the process of telling her guests that the wedding is off, Tracy is surprised by a proposal from Dexter to take the groom’s place. Realizing where her heart truly is, she accepts.

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