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High Society (1956)



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This musical remake of The Philadelphia Story is top notch fun. Bing Crosby croons his way through Cary Grant role, and Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra take over Katharine Hepburn's and Jimmy Stewart's. Jazz great Louis Armstrong rounds out the cast as a know-all narrator of sorts, and he's a blast. The original version has better acting (understandably -- here the stars were cast for their musical talents) and is a better overall film, but High Society is a highly entertaining rendition of the story, and because of the different approach it takes, it's hardly redundant, as many good-but-inferior remakes are. Watch for the duet between Crosby and Armstrong -- it's about as peppy as the usually mellow Crosby ever got.

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