Monday, June 6, 2011

Movie Monday: High Society

Movie: High Society (1956)

Stars: Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra (talk about an amazing cast!)

Summary: C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy's heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men as she discovers that "safe" can mean "deadly dull" when it comes to husbands and life. Written by James Meek

First, the plot and names probably sound familiar. This is a remake of the 1940 movie, "The Philadelphia Story". That one starred Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart (hello another amazing cast!) Which I have seen both! I just happen to like this version a little better. Grace Kelly is just radiant in this movie, and pretty funny too. She is a rich girl, yet acts silly and foolish at times, which just adds to her charm and likability.

Bing Crosby is Dexter, her childhood sweetheart, whom she married and divorced not long after. He, of course, is still in love with her and would like to see nothing more than to ruin her upcoming nuptials to a boring, yet successful businessman. He basically invites himself over during events leading up to the wedding and tries desperately to win her back.

In comes Frank. He's a reporter (along with Celeste Holm who plays Liz Imbrie) for Spy Magazine who comes to report on the weekend events. He is smitten with Tracy (Kelly) and he too tries to win her affection.

Tracy is conflicted as she has feelings for Mike (Sinatra) and possibly some feelings still for Dexter (Crosby). The movie has got some great singing, dancing, romance and humor! (that's Kelly acting drunk in the picture above) The connection was there with Kelly and Crosby and even Sinatra. There is nothing worse for me when you watch a movie and the leads are supposed to be in love, yet you can tell there is zero chemistry between either of them. Not in this movie! You can't go wrong w/ a cast like this. (Oh Bing!)

I actually own this movie, but you can find it on Netflix, as well as the original (which I recommend too).

Happy Viewing!

*oh! I will be snapping some pics of my new clothes that I got from this weekend. I didn't get anything I posted online, mostly because I didn't make it to Forever 21, but I will this weekend, I'm seriously dying to buy that skirt and floral dress! I actually got some cute things at H&M that I didn't find online!

1 comment:

  1. I just watched this movie this weekend because it was on TCM! First time I'd seen it (although I've seen Philadelphia Story multiple times). I liked it! :)