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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Celeste Holm, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Louis Armstrong
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Writers: John Patrick
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: May 13 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0015FGCI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,907 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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High Society (Sinatra Tribute) (DVD)

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Format: DVD
The story is set amid the mansions of Newport, where we meet the beautiful Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) who's about to be married. Her first husband, wealthy song writer and general all-round great guy Dexter (Bing Crosby) still loves her, but this time she's chosen a stiff, dull groom. A tabloid reporter (Frank Sinatra) and photographer (Celeste Holm) move in for the weekend to cover the wedding and all goes swimmingly until Tracy has a bit too much bubbly the night before the nuptials.

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.
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If I wrote down on a piece of paper all the things I would want in one movie I could not come up with a list that reaches perfection as closely as "High Society." The two greatest singers of all time-- Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby-- in the same movie? Singing the words and music of the greatest songwriter-- Cole Porter? With the most beautiful and one of the most talented actresses of all time-- Grace Kelly? What's more, how about including only the greatest jazz musician of all time-- Louis Armstrong? It's true, Sinatra, Cary Grant and Sophia Loren were once in a movie together, but it was about a big cannon-- a really big cannon ("The Pride and the Passion"). Happily, this masterpiece of a musical is based on the great play "The Philadelphia Story" and-- please bear with me-- I think this version surpasses the movie with Jimmy, Cary and Katherine in every way. For one thing, some of the tangential plot lines are cut down or cut out, and the dialogue is more to the point. Furthermore, Bing simply steals the show and surpasses the great Cary Grant as Dexter with one-liners that pack a lot more wallop. And there is superior acting in the smaller roles. Tracy Lord's little sister is absolutely delightful, and the tension between Tracy and her father adds a more serious-- even disturbing-- element to the movie. Louis Calhern is a loveable old devil as the uncle, and John Lund is a straight-laced cad who yet remains a character rather than a parody. Celeste Holm has a major role, actually, as the other reporter and is hilarious. And sure Jimmy won an Oscar for the role taken by Frank but Sinatra has fabulous chemistry with Grace Kelly. But maybe the most intriguing aspect of this film is the seamless quality of the songs and dialogue.Read more ›
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"High Society" has plenty of swing and jazz and lots of frivolous fun. The beautiful people, and few beautiful people are more beautiful than Grace Kelly, are on display and at play. "The privileged class enjoying their privileges," as they say. The Cole Porter soundtrack is amazing, and every song is a hit. "Who Want's to be a Millionaire?," "Well Did You Evah?," "Now You Has Jazz" and of course "High Society."
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.
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'High Society', MGM's musical remake of Philip Barry's classic 'The Philadelphia Story', is a frothy, high-spirited joy! While it lacks the inestimable star power of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, in replacing the male leads with the greatest crooners of all time, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and offering Hollywood's Princess, Grace Kelly, in her last film role, MGM was NOT dropping the marquee value by much! Add to the mix the legendary Louis Armstrong, and one of Cole Porter's last great film scores (including the lushly romantic 'True Love'), and you have all the ingredients for a delightful movie experience!
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?
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