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Even without Philadelphia Story to put it to shame, this is too much artifice, not enough wit
High Society (1956)
You can see this movie as one of the last of the great silver screen musicals —and running out of originality and verve. Or you can enjoy Cole Porter brought down to a middle class sensibility (never mind the wealth of the characters here). Or you can just marvel at some great footage of Louis Armstrong, and at the inclusion a black jazz band as a centerpiece in a big budget movie.
So there are reasons to give this movie a try, even though it is fairly slow going, and a pale shadow of the original, the truly great 1940 “Philadelphia Story.” Grace Kelly plays the leading woman about to be married, and she lacks the cool stony quality that Hitchcock wisely taps and instead tries to be a lively, witty, physically lithe leading lady. Just like Katherine Hepburn? Yes, except she’s no Katherine Hepburn, and it all feels a bit striving.
Likewise for Bing Crosby, who plays a laid back guy who happens to have a jazz band (and who does a good swinging song with Louis and crew alongside). He isn’t quite screen magic—that is, he’s no Cary Grant. Frank Sinatra is fine, but he has a smaller role. Alas.
And so it goes. Brightly lit, with big flashy Technicolor set design, the mood throughout is upbeat and fun and funny. And so it’s not a bad thing to view.
But if you take at all seriously the contention of one man interceding on the groom for his ex-bride, whatever the Hays Code strategy, it just lacks edge and conviction. Cole Porter doesn’t let us down, so there’s always that!
Join in the belly-laughs!
This second rendition of the exuberant play by John Barry, while inferior to Cukor’s 1940 version, remains a delightful farce on the upper class thanks to the witty, sparkling script from the play by John Barry.
The cast is commendable albeit not spectacular given , showcasing the drollery of the script. Grace Kelly (in her last complete screen performance) surprises us with her comedic talents helped along by the script; Crosby slips into the comfortable role of the guy-next-door that is all too familiar with his screen person. Sinatra (showing some of his age) sings adequately, but seems a little distant and lacks the edge, danger and sexiness of his 1940 counterpart.
I might only add that the 3 principals seemed to lack that spark which validated their freewheeling around L.A singing songs about making love. On screen I did not feel they were as youthful and vibrant as seen in some of their earlier films.
The direction by Charles Walters – an accomplished director of film musicals including Gigi, Ziegfeld Follies, and Annie get your Gun – supports the cast very well with various long shots of the mansion and sunny California. He is splendidly able to infuse the house with it’s sparkling jewels and ornaments with a sense of grandeur, merriment and delight so that it fully inhabits the characters and their kingdom.
The scene-stealer each time is Louis Armstrong and his band. While his interludes are not his best pieces to showcase, the music is pleasant, dreamy and fun. What else would you expect from this rollicking comedy? And how can you not love Armstrong? He was so adorable!
It was interesting to note the audience’s reaction to this film. Musicals are one of my favourite genres – I love them for the swooning and swinging numbers – however the audience did not appreciate it so much. There were even groans and boos (which I found disrespectful – you must know it’s a musical!) when Sinatra and Kelly burst into dreamy love duets. I have to admit though that the transition of the songs in the film was not altogether seamless (even choppy at times). At times it seemed like a selling point for the producers to capitalise on the musical craze sweeping the country during that period in Hollywood (See Kelly and Sinatra sing!); add name dropping, and songs & lyrics that misrepresent Cole Porter’s skill and wit as a composer.
This is a fun film however deeply overshadowed by the original 1940 version and lacking Cuckor’s razor-sharp screwball slapstick. The pace is also slower however it probably compensates for delighting us with the elegant sets and musical interludes.
I was also fortunate to see this film with audience and definitely relished hearing the viewers chortle along to the absurd story and zany characters. It was impossible not to join in the belly-laughs in this dreamy ride.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Musical, Romance
Director Charles Walters
Writer John Patrick (screenplay), Philip Barry (play)
Actors Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
Production Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Bing Crosby Productions
Sound Mix Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor (color by)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process VistaVision
Printed Film Format 35 mm