high society

the year: 1956

the genre: musical

the cast: Bing Crosby (C. K. Dexter-Haven); Grace Kelly (Tracy Lord); Frank Sinatra (Mike Connor); Celeste Holm (Liz Imbrie); Louis Armstrong (himself)

the plot: C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife Tracy Lord's family estate. Holier-than-thou Tracy is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who incidentally is still in love with Tracy. Spy magazine blackmails Tracy’s family by threatening to reveal her playboy father's exploits if not allowed to cover the wedding. Mike Connor, covering the nuptials for Spy magazine, of course, also falls for Tracy. Tracy must choose between the three men and realize that it’s okay to get down off her high horse.

don’t miss: Uncle Willy. He pinches.

listen for: “Uncle Willy, this morning you look like a tree full of owls.”

count: the wedding presents.

did you know: Grace Kelly, recently engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco at the time filming began, wore her actual engagement ring as Tracy’s engagement ring.

check out: Bing and Frank hiding out in the library (bar) singing “Did You Evah”. The song was late addition so that the two crooners would have a chance to sing together.

also listen for: “Oh, class my…” “Grandmother!”

extra bonus points: if you know what can be found “under Harvard Classics. Just give Darwin a little nudge.”


Erika said...

I'm glad they added that song--it's one of my favorites!

Give Darwin a nudge...? Did he believe in survival of the fit*hic*est? :)

Millie Motts said...

Agreed - it's a swingin' number.

Yes. Answer: the bar.