Lydia Reed, "High Society" (1956)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s musical film remake of the play and movie “The Philadelphia Story,” this 1956 version, “High Society,” starred Bing Crosby (May 2, 1903 – October 14, 1977), Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982), Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998), Celeste Holm (April 29, 1917 – July 15, 2012), John Lund (February 6, 1911 – May 10, 1992), Louis Calhern (February 19, 1895 – May 12, 1956), and legendary musician and singer Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) with his band. This was Grace Kelly’s last movie before she retired from Hollywood and married Prince Rainier of Monaco, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco. The film was nominated for two Oscars.

 

More film trivia, via IMDb:

The house used for the exterior of Dexter’s mansion was later bought by “Sunny” von Bülow and her husband Klaus. It was here she fell into the coma from which she has never recovered.

 

Louis Calhern died in Japan just after making this film. He was on the set of “The Teahouse of the August Moon” (1956) but died early in the filming. His role was recast, making “High Society” (1956) his last screen appearance.

 

The song “Well, Did You Evah?” (from a previous Cole Porter musical) was added at the last minute when it was realized that there wasn’t a song for Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to sing together.

 

Grace Kelly, recently engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, wore her actual engagement ring for her character’s engagement ring.

 

Elizabeth Taylor was the first choice for the part of Tracy Lord. She was unavailable so the part went to Grace Kelly.

 

The song “True Love,” written by Cole Porter especially for the movie, was a million seller and both Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby were awarded platinum records for the song. This is the only platinum record ever given to sitting royalty as Grace Kelly had become Princess Grace by the time it was awarded.

 

 

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