High Society (Sous-titres franais)
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This is an easy movie to like. The stars are all lovely and at the height of their careers, the sets and gowns are gorgeous, and the story is witty and upbeat with lots of laughs. A few wrong turns didn't keep me from enjoying it, but if you've seen the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn original ("The Philadelphia Story"), this version pales in comparison. Grace is certainly a treat for the eyes, but she tries way too hard to imitate Hepburn in early scenes, complete with masculine posturing and exaggerated speech. At 27, she looks too young for the 53-year old Crosby who sails through the story playing an über-cool hepcat. He makes the most of Cole Porter's songs, but with one or two exceptions, they are forgettable. Sinatra is stuck playing a drunken fool and Louis Armstrong is featured in several scenes for no clear reason except that he was big at the time.
These quibbles didn't spoil the movie for me though; it's a beautiful, feel-good celebration of wealth and romance and I was smiling and tapping my toes the whole time. 4.5 stars.
Where the weakness comes in is mixing the serious story of "The Philadelphia Story" with the casual leisure of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. All of the original concepts get swept away in the fun of the musical numbers, and one thinks that the same actors, with the same music, could have had a more fitting script. The keeping of the original dialog of "The Philadelphia Story" was a bad choice, as lines so powerful and well-delivered by Katharine Hepburn ("Put me in your pocket, Mike") come off silly and air brained from Grace Kelly.
What really boosts "High Society" way up is Louis Armstrong. Every moment he is on screen is charming, and a real hit. Unfortunately, there is just not enough, and every moment you are hoping for more Louis. When you see 'ol Satchmo swingin', the screen comes alive.
The DVD is great, and full of interesting tidbits and extras. Movie trailers for both "High Society" and "The Philadelphia Story," a "making of..." narrated by Celeste Holm, a newsreel of the Gala Premier, and coolest of all a Droopy cartoon, "Millionaire Droopy."
"High Society" is worth getting, and enjoyable, but it is neither a great musical nor a great movie. Just fun.
Changing the film's locale from Philadelphia to Newport, the class distinction subplot of the story becomes, at best, a minor plot point, but it does provide the 'hook' of the Newport Jazz Festival to bring in Armstrong, and to add songwriting as a hobby of millionaire C.K. Dexter-Haven (Crosby). His ex, Tracy Samantha Lord (called 'Sam' in this version, so Cole Porter could recycle his tune 'Goodbye, Amanda', as 'Goodbye Samantha'), and played by the luminous Kelly, is remarrying, to boring, wooden George Kittredge (played woodenly by John Lund). An 'Enquirer'-type scandal sheet, 'The Spy', blackmails the family into allowing a writer and photographer (Sinatra and Celeste Holm) to cover the nuptials (in an improvement on the original story, where Cary Grant 'sells out' the Lords in an attempt to disrupt the wedding).
From this point on, the film follows the original version fairly closely, adding songs to 'spice up' the proceedings. Sinatra and Holm take potshots at the idle rich with 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love High Society and the music. It has been a favourite of mine also. I love the story line. Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly & Frank Sinatra are great actors/actresses of all times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeannette Dolding
"High Society" was a fish out of water at MGM. The original play, the Hepburn-Grant-Stewart film was a masterpiece, but this version, despite Cole Porter in charge of the songs... Read morePublished 6 months ago by One singular sensation...
Another great film with Bing and Grace - such fun to watch.Published 8 months ago by Barbara J Felte
Good old Movie friends. Very nice souvenir.
INTERESTING, NOT TO FORGET.
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