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High Society

Year:
Duration:
111 min
Genres:
Comedy | Musical | Romance
IMDB rate:
7
Director:
Charles Walters
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1956-07-17
Filming Locations: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $2,700,000
Gross: $13,000,000 (USA) Rentals $5,878,000 (USA)
Cast
Actor
Character
Lydia Reed
Lydia Reed
High Society
Bing Crosby
C. K. Dexter-Haven
Grace Kelly
Tracy Lord
Frank Sinatra
Mike Connor
Celeste Holm
Liz Imbrie
John Lund
George Kittredge
Louis Calhern
Uncle Willie
Sidney Blackmer
Seth Lord
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Margalo Gillmore
Mrs. Seth Lord
Gordon Richards
Dexter-Haven's Butler
Richard Garrick
Lords' Butler
Louis Armstrong and His Band
Themselves
Hugh Boswell
The Parson
Barrett Deems
Louis' Drummer (uncredited)
Edmond Hall
Louis' Clarinetist (uncredited)
Paul Keast
Editor (uncredited)
Richard Keene
Mac (uncredited)
Billy Kyle
Louis' Pianist (uncredited)
Ruth Lee
Ruth - Jazz Festival Organizer (uncredited)
Arvell Shaw
Louis' Bassist (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson
Lawrence - Uncle Willie's Butler (uncredited)
Helen Spring
Helen - Jazz Festival Organizer (uncredited)
Florence Wix
Party Guest (uncredited)
James Young
Louis' Trombonist (uncredited)
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Trivia
The house used for the exterior of Dexter's mansion was later bought by "Sunny" von B├╝low and her husband Klaus. It was here she fell into the coma from which she has never recovered.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 14 seconds
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It is believed that Frank Sinatra's brand new car, a 1956 Continental Mark II (now a very rare item as only 4,000 were ever made and sold) was used in some brief shots in the film released July, 1956. Actor Louis Calhern is seen exiting the car while being greeted by Grace Kelly. Records show the car being delivered to Sinatra December, 1955 so it seems a good bet that it is indeed the one in the film.
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Goofs
When Mike makes a short phone call to Margaret, he is holding a long lit cigarette. But when he hangs up the phone the cigarette has disappeared.
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During the singing of "Did You ever" by Dexter and Mike in the bar in the library, they pick up the wrong champagne glasses after Dexter has topped them up.
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Boom shadow visible against the bookshelf to the left as Dexter and Mike Connor leave the library singing the lyrics "swellegant, elegant"
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Quotes
Dexter: They met in a hole in the ground.
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Mike: I'm gonna dance.
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Uncle Willie: I can't find Liz.
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Faq
Q
Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
A
One of many possible sets of chapter headings, mostly based on the dvd times: * 01 = 00:00:00 - "Overture" - - * 02 = 00:04:36 - front credits - * 03 = 00:06:12 - "High Society Calypso" - - * 04 = 00:08:21 - the rehearsal room - * 05 = 00:10:23 - wedding presents that stink - * 06 = 00:12:43 - "Tracy's Song" - - * 07 = 00:15:16 - he who sniffs the air like he is looking for breakfast - * 08 = 00:17:20 - "Little One" - - * 09 = 00:19:51 - a phone call from the office of Spy Rhymes With Lie - * 10 = 00:23:37 - two on assignment from Doom - * 11 = 00:26:17 - disinfecting the wound - * 12 = 00:31:49 - milk and arsenic - * 13 = 00:34:24 - papa is looking terribly clever today - * 14 = 00:36:49 - "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" - - * 15 = 00:39:38 - a fishing hook that can tell a story - * 16 = 00:42:40 - "True Love" - - * 17 = 00:46:11 - love versus worship - * 18 = 00:48:17 - an understanding heart or a bronze heart - * 19 = 00:50:35 - the idle rich drive too fast - * 20 = 00:53:54 - a school for boys - - "You're Sensational" - - * 21 = 00:58:45 - "I Love You Samantha" - - * 22 = 01:02:01 - the privileged class enjoying its privileges - * 23 = 01:04:41 - "Now You Has Jazz" - - * 24 = 01:09:18 - dancing with the bride, kissing with the bride - * 25 = 01:12:48 - Tracy is no ordinary woman - - "Well, Did You Evah" - - * 26 = 01:17:59 - going over the wall - * 27 = 01:20:48 - bells in the bubbles - - "Mind If I Make Love To You" - - * 28 = 01:24:42 - 'True Love' remembered - - * 29 = 01:28:41 - we are going to have a wedding after all? - * 30 = 01:33:08 - memories of a swell party - * 31 = 01:35:36 - a stinger, to remove the sting - building True Love II - * 32 = 01:42:29 - as originally planned - * 33 = 01:45:34 - 'End Of Story' - - * 34 = 01:46:33 - end credits - * 34 = 01:47:03 - end -These are best viewed edited so as to show one chapter per line, * at the line start.Chapter titles in red mean they are musical numbers in the film.
Q
Is Clarendon Court, the von Bulows' mansion, featured in this movie?
A
Yes - it really is! The infamous von Bulows eventually bought one of the mansions featured in this film. The death (and possibly murder) of Sunny von Bulow is detailed in the film, "Reversal of Fortune" starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons (for which he won a Best Actor Oscar).
Q
Premiere of "High Society"---Who Attended?
A
Chicago Tribune, July 21, 1956, pt. 1, p. 16, c. 1:LOOKING AT HOLLYWOODby Hedda HopperFrank Sinatra is expected back for Metro's big premier of "High Society" Aug. 1. Frank and Bing Crosby do a duet that's a wow. Bing will be filming in Washington and Louis Armstrong will be blowing his trumpet in Las Vegas. grace Kelly's strolling the boulevards of Paris, so they're counting on Frankie. . . .______________________________
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Photos from cast
Lydia Reed