High Society (1956)..."So on and on it will always be."
In 1956, MGM studios and director Charles Walters released the musical film High Society starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and of course, True Love. The movie follows the story of a young socialite, Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) as she must choose between three different suitors. The movie went on to be the eighth top grossing film in 1956, bringing in 6.25 million dollars. This film marks the first visual cameo of True Love in a feature film in which Bing Crosby serenades Grace Kelly on the decks of True Love, accordion in hand to the song “True Love”.
High Society marked the final acting role for Grace Kelly before she became Princess of Monaco; the film was released three months after her marriage to Prince Rainier III. Sinatra was forty years old and Crosby was fifty-three years old while playing the love interests of Kelly, who was a mere twenty-six during the filming. High Society was also Sinatra and Crosby’s first on screen pairing. Kelly was actually the second choice for the role of Tracy Lord, the late Elizabeth Taylor being unable to commit to the role as first choice.
Click the middle picture below to view the song “True Love” sung by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in its entirety
The Philadelphia Story (1940) …”My, she was yar!”
This film was the non-musical predecessor to High Society (1956). The Philadelphia Story follows the same storyline based on the Broadway play of the same name by Phillip Barry. The film starred Cary Grants, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart. The film gained much attention and grossed the sixth top grossing film of 1940. Later that year, the film was nominated for six academy awards and won two; Stewart for Best Actor and Donald Ogden Stewart for Best Adapted Screenplay. One of the most memorable quotes from the film was when Catherine Hepburn said, in response to receiving a model boat of True Love “My, she was yar!” This was the earliest mentioning of the boat True Love and is the defining moment that launched True Love into stardom.
To watch the description of the word “yar” by Catherine Hepburn click the picture on the left!
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