Chick Flick Classics ~~ High Society ( 1956)

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The film starts with Louis Armstrong and his band on their way to stay with successful jazz musician Dexter Haven ( Bing Crosby) so they can practice for their appearance at a jazz festival.This proves quite satisfying as they are therefore always on hand to burst into musical accompaniment! Over the road from Dexter, socialite Tracy Samantha Lord ( Grace Kelly) is preparing for her upcoming nuptials to rich but boring businessman George Kitteredge.

Grace Kelly plays socialite  Tracy lord.
Grace Kelly plays socialite Tracy lord.

Tracy has actually done it all before…….with Dexter Haven, but their marriage was short lived. Hoping to win her back Dexter finds he has even more competition when ‘Spy Magazine’ sends a photographer Liz Imbrie ( Celeste Holme) and reporter Mike Connor ( Frank Sinatra) to cover the wedding. Mike finds himself falling for Tracy too.

a rose between two thorns.
a rose between two thorns.
Liz and Mike working for Spy magazine.
Liz and Mike working for Spy magazine.
a moment with Mike.
a moment with Mike.
a wedding present from Dex brings back memories.
a wedding present from Dex brings back memories.
Of their honeymoon aboard the 'True Love' yacht.
Of their honeymoon aboard the ‘True Love’ yacht.
Loving the hat Liz!
Loving the hat Liz!

I loved the super witty dialogue in High Society and I enjoyed the songs….even though I am not a huge fan of musicals. And Grace Kelly of course is iridescently beautiful. This was the last film she made before marrying into Monaco royalty.

Happy days.
Happy days.
At a High Society wedding.
At a High Society wedding.

What a Swellegent Elegent movie this is. Do you have a favourite Musical?

8 thoughts on “Chick Flick Classics ~~ High Society ( 1956)”

    1. Its the first time I have seen it….and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I couldn’t decide whether i wanted Tracy to get together with Dexter or Mike ….but I was pleased with the outcome. Can’t believe this was GK’s last film.

      1. Did you know that the engagement ring she is wearing is her own one? I can’t believe she stopped making films either, but I suppose the life of a princess is a busy one!

        I can never really decide if I want her to be with Dexter or Mike either, I love Frank so am always sort of rooting for him, but like you said, I was pleased with the outcome too! Have you seen The Philadelphia Story? High Society is a remake of it, but The Philadelphia Story is a non-musical version. I haven’t seen it; I keep meaning to as I’d like to see Cary Grant and James Stewart in the Bing and Frank roles!

      2. Yes I read that about the ring. I believe there is a film coming out this year about Grace as a princess and Hitchcocks attempt to persuede her to come out of retirement.
        I’ve never seen Philadelphia story but i believe its even better.

  1. The days before the beautiful Kelly became true royalty.
    Never seen this film, and not a fan of musicals either. Not having seen many, would have to say Grease.

  2. Great film, the dress Grace Kelly is wearing in your image called ‘a moment with Mike’ is an image I have as a postcard and one day aim to own something like it.
    Also how can you not like Louis Armstrong!

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