Anyway, many people enjoy "High Society," including Mark Steyn. But I disagree completely and, as much I think Mark Steyn is one of the best political and social raconteurs, I wish he would never sing, ever. "High Society," as with Mark's singing, has little that is memorable about it. The songs made me do a double take when I saw Cole Porter had force composed them for the film. Clearly not his best. Sinatra and Crosby don't seem to like each each other (they didn't), Grace Kelly is ice cold, just she was in "The Country Girl." Apparently Bing brought out the worst in her, and I don't even remember Celeste Holm being in the film. The only thing good was to see Louie Armstrong at his best (and even Bing detracted from that).
Speaking of Celeste Holm, she was at her best in "Gentlemen's Agreement." Gregory Peck should have dumped insipid Dorothy Maguire and chosen Celeste Holm. That would have been a more satisfying ending for me in that timeless film.
Back to "High Society," it makes me cringe. I only want Philip Barry's great play that was turned into great cinema, not a retread musical. I want the timing, delivery and great chemistry Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart. The funny lechery of uncle Willie played by Roland Young and the cultured voice from Ruth Hussey, and the perfect musical score by Franz Waxman.
I would be happy if "High Society" had never been made. For me, there is only the "The Philadelphia Story." m/r
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