High Society

High Society ★★★½

I L<3ve Musicals!

One of my 1000 recommended films.

MGM's musical remake of ‘The Philadelphia Story', their massive hit with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart, takes the music of Cole Porter and casts Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra in the lead roles, with support from Celeste Holm and Louis Armstrong.

Kelly is not as funny in the role of Tracy Lord as Hepburn was, although there is no denying the charm of the bit when she joins in with Bing in warbling ‘True Love'.

There is much fun to be had in watching Crosby and Sinatra, rival crooners from different generations, sparking off each other in their scenes together – especially the fun duet ‘Well, Did You Evah?' The songs are at least memorable and add a lot of zip to the proceedings (highlights include ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'; ‘Now You Has Jazz'; and ‘I Love You, Samantha').

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