TCM 31 Days of Oscar
I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.
Here is my 22nd day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.
8 out of 10 All Stars
1956 Musical, Romance film. Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry (and the 1940 movie). Starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund , Jean Arthur and Louis Armstrong and his band.
The 360° Game: starts off with The Strip starring John Lund, and he was in High Society with Jean Arthur who was in the next film, A Foreign Affair.
And the Oscar did not go to… Nominated: Best Music, Song: “True Love”. Nominated: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Short Synopsis: Two crooners, an ex-husband (Bing Crosby) and a journalist (Frank Sinatra), come into a woman’s (Grace Kelly) life when she’s about to get married.
A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… a rewatch. I’ve watched this and the original movie many times. They’re both a favorite.
My Thoughts: Katherine Hepburn played a good Tracy, but I liked Grace Kelly‘s performance more. Also, the way Tracy is to act and be thought of as a Goddess really fits Grace Kelly’s beauty. The Love Triangle between Katherine, James Stewart and Cary Grant in the original is good. Choosing between the two is always difficult. But this movie throws a curve ball with a third man of interest. So now Grace Kelly has to choose between her fiance John Lund, her ex-husband Bing Crosby and a journalist, Frank Sinatra. I couldn’t choose between those two crooner singers. This is a fun and entertaining movie.
The Play by Play Thoughts…
0:00 Overture. An overture for a short movie. Hope there isn’t an Intermission.
0:05 High Society song. Armstrong singing this song and is also the narrator of the story sometimes.
“High Society Calypso” – Armstrong & his band
0:07 “Dig that scenery.” – Armstrong. You mean with all those mansions at the edge of the cliff by the beach?
“End of song. Beginning of story.” – Armstrong.
0:10 Bing Crosby as C.K. Dexter. He’s playing the ex-husband, who just happens to be in town during Tracy’s wedding for a Jazz Festival, which explains what Armstrong and his band is up to.
0:11 “Any time now.” Caroline Lord to Dexter and Tracy and Mrs. Lord (mother) is preparing for Tracy’s wedding to George.
0:15 “The withering glance of the goddess.” – C.K. Dexter. Ooh. Grace Kelly won’t stand for that sort of tall Bing.
0:17 Ah it’s George, the fiance. The one with no character.
“Little One” – C.K.
“Right song, but the wrong girl.” – Armstrong.
0:22 Father’s scandal with a dancer. The Spy Magazine uses blackmail to let them have a journalist and photography at the wedding. Good thing Tracy went along with it because here’s Frank Sinatra.
0:35 “Mr. Kittredge, can you smile a little bit? You’re the groom, you know.” – Mike. Now the pictures for the Spy journalists. Of course here’s our Love Triangle.
0:39 “Who would want to be a Millionaire?” A nice little number, and Mike (Franky) uses it to evade answering Liz’s question about what he thinks of Tracy.
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” – Mike, Liz
0:42 Dexter’s Wedding present. Nice little sail boat. But I thought Dexter was a little harsh on Tracy.
“But I didn’t know you wanted a husband who would be kind of a High Priest to a Virgin Goddess.” – Dexter.
0:46 Remembering back when. Bing is a lovely crooner, but your fiance wants to worship you. And love. But he definitely wants to put you up on a peddle stool Tracy.
“True Love” – C.K., Tracy
0:53 The Graveyard of the Rich. Nice mansions. And Tracy’s car is nice too. And here’s another crooner song. I don’t blame Tracy for falling for these crooner boys.
“You’re Sensational” – Mike
1:02 Change of pace. Armstrong choses to play the “Samantha” song so that things in the story starts “getting warm.”
“I Love You, Samantha” – C.K.
1:05 The Engagement Party. Great looking dresses. And Bing’s Jazz song was pretty fun. The after party is something scandalous too.
“Now You Has Jazz” – C.K., Armstrong & his band, individually introduced by name
1:18 “Did ya evah?” This song was from an earlier Porter show, DuBarry Was a Lady (1939) and was especially added so that Bing and Franky can have a duet. A good song and the way they performed it along with their characters was good.
“Well, Did You Evah!” – C.K., Mike
1:26 A Ramba. Oh Franky darling. What a two-timing playboy.
“Mind if I Make Love to You?” – Mike
1:36 Morning of the Wedding. And time to account for what happened the night before.
“I think men are wonderful,” Tracy.
“Mm The Little Darlings,” Liz.
1:50 The Right Wedding. What a way to ask a gal to marry you again Bing.
“Help me off the peddle stool,” Tracy.
“Watch out for that first step. It’s quite a stumble,” Father.
1:52 The End. And definitely a romantic and fun jazzy ending too.