Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Musical Watch: High Society (1956)
Format: TCM on DVR
So, this is a musical version of The Philadelphia Story - the classic flick starring Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. Apparently that play became the movie of The Philadelphia Story, which became the stage musical High Society, which became this movie.
This movie isn't... great. It's not bad, and I laughed out loud at a number of things, but on the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia. And I say that as someone who is a fan of Bing Crosby movies and likes Cole Porter.
What this movie does do is let Louis Armstrong play himself, and give him time to appear quite a bit in the movie. And he's not bad!
This is also the movie that dares to remind you that Grace Kelly was very, very good looking* - which, as she is not Kate Hepburn, seems to be the primary driver for why men are after her (ladies, believe it or not, personality and wit go really, really far. Be a Kate Hepburn.).
I dunno. I wish the music had more zip and it didn't feel like an echo of something else, but Bing looks like he's having a ball with Frank, and a gentleman in tophat and tails, suffering from a hangover, yells at a bird, and that was one of the funniest things I've seen in, like, a week.
*again, very attractive, that Grace Kelly