Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby – “High Society”

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

“High Society”

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High Society – Bing Crosby – Grace Kelly – Frank Sinatra

High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing CrosbyGrace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

 

Frank and Bing

 

The film is a remake of the 1940 movie The Philadelphia Story starring Cary GrantKatharine Hepburn, and James Stewart, which was based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry (which had starred Hepburn on Broadway). High Society’s screenplay was written by John Patrickand involves a successful popular jazz musician (Bing Crosby) who tries to win back the affections of his ex-wife (Grace Kelly), who is preparing to marry another man. The cast also features Celeste HolmJohn Lund and Louis Calhern, in his final film, with a musical contribution by Louis Armstrong.

 

Grace Kelly / Princess Grace

 

High Society was the last film appearance of Grace Kelly, before she became Princess consort of Monaco.

 

Princess Grace

 

The successful jazz musician C.K. Dexter Haven (Bing Crosby) (with a Newport “robber baron for a grandfather”) is divorced from wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, socialite Tracy Samantha Lord (Grace Kelly), but remains in love with her. She, however, is about to get married to a bland gentleman of good standing, George Kittredge (John Lund).

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

 

Spy Magazine Reporters

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.

 

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

 

Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby

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