Sunday, April 11, 2010

original > remake

I watched Philadelphia Story and High Society the other night, back to back. I've seen Philadelphia Story at least a dozen times - there's something about the screwball comedies from the 20's and 30's that I really like. Perhaps it's the oft-present martini.

This was the first time I had seen High Society (HS) and after a careful and reasoned* analysis, I have to conclude that Philadelphia Story has the win, because:
  • Bing ain't no Cary (score one for PS)
  • Grace ain't no Katherine (score one for PS)
  • black & white > 1950's Technicolour (score one for PS)
  • Jimmy is good, but so is Frank (tie)
  • little girl is engaging in PS, bratty in HS (score one for PS)
  • Louis Armstrong is just plain awesome (score one for HS)
  • a musical? really? (subtract one from HS)
  • although, to be honest, Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Frank and Celeste Holm is gold. (score only 1/2 for HS, as it is overshadowed by dreck like Little One)

*a few martinis were quaffed during the viewing. Words like careful and reasoned therefore have slightly altered meanings than what one might find in Merriam-Webster. Just sayin'.

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