High Society
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High Society is a glossy Technicolor-and-VistaVision musical remake of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1940), decked out with million-watt star power and a Cole Porter score. Set amongst the rich and famous in Newport, RI, the story revolves around the wedding plans of socialite Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly). Tracy is all set to marry stuffy George Kittridge (John Lund), while magazine writer Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Celeste Holm) intend to cover the ceremony. Meanwhile, Tracy's ex-husband C.K. Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby) also comes calling, ostensibly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"High Society...is as flimsy as a gossip-columnist's word, especially when it is documenting the weird behavior of the socially elite."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The original story is bumbled but Cole Porter's original score is a welcome addition."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not up to the original, but some nice moments and some great songs, especially Louis Armstrong."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"After opening with a calypso tune from the inimitable Louis Armstrong, High Society really has nowhere to go but down, yet somehow director Charles Walters manages to keep this Technicolor musical sparkling through the next 100 minutes."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"The two chief pleasures of High Society are the performances, which bring life and vitality to the characters, and the music, which makes this the kind of movie that never loses its appeal."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, High Society features Cole Porter tunes, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly in her final acting role."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Overlit, staged like a high school play, but saved by the cast and Cole Porter songs"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Scored by Cole Porter, this musical version of the famous play is an all-star, mildly entertaining film, featuring the iconic song True Love and Grace Kelly in her last role."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"How can you not get a kick out of a movie featuring the always enthusiastic Louis Armstrong and his band jazzing things up?"
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
""often hailed as a classic -- but it's really not""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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