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High Society is a glossy Technicolor-and-VistaVision musical remake of Philip Barry's Philip Barry (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 to the attend the annual Newport Jazz Festival, but actually for the purpose of winning Tracy back. In the course of events, Mike falls in love with Tracy, and she with him. The Jazz Festival subplot allows scriptwriter John Patrick to bring Louis Armstrong into the proceedings, much to the delight of anyone who cares anything about music. The Cole Porter tunes include the Crosby-Sinatra duet "Well, Did You Evah?," the Crosby-Armstrong teaming "Now You Has Jazz," the Kelly-Crosby romantic ballad "True Love," and the Sinatra solo "You're Sensational." Though it lacks the satiric edge of the Philip Barry original (Barry, incidentally, is not given any screen credit), High Society succeeds on its own lighthearted terms. The film represents Grace Kelly's final acting assignment before her real-life wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 17, 1956


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward Bernds Best Story 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Johnny Green Best Musical Score 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saul Chaplin Best Musical Score 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cole Porter Best Song 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elwood Ullman Best Story 1956 Nominee


Bing Crosby
as C.K. Dexter-Haven
Grace Kelly
as Tracy Lord
Frank Sinatra
as Mike Connor
Celeste Holm
as Liz Imbrie
John Lund
as George Kittredge
Louis Armstrong
as Himself
Louis Calhern
as Uncle Willie
Sidney Blackmer, Sr.
as Seth Lord
Margalo Gillmore
as Mrs. Seth Lord
Gordon Richards
as Dexter-Haven's Butler
Hugh Boswell
as Parson
Paul Keast
as Editor
Richard Keene
as Mac
Reginald Simpson
as Uncle Willie's Butler
Ruth Lee
as Matron
Helen Spring
as Matron


Charles Walters
Sol C. Siegel
Paul Vogel
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Saul Chaplin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Cole Porter
Ralph Winters
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Hans Peters
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Richard A. Pefferle
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
Charles Walters
William J. Tuttle