American musical comedy, a remake of the play and/or earlier movie, ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' , starring Creator/GraceKelly, BingCrosby and FrankSinatra, with the songs written by ColePorter. Upper class Tracy Lord (Kelly) is getting married to George, an [[SelfMadeMan independently wealthy man]], but her ex-husband Dexter (Crosby) is still in love with her and tries to win her back. Simultaneously, Tracy's family is blackmailed into allowing a reporter and photographer for Spy Magazine cover her wedding as an exclusive. LoveTriangle confusion ensues among the cast.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AboveTheInfluence: Mike doesn't take advantage of a drunk Tracy, even though he's pretty drunk as well.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Blonde Creator/GraceKelly playing the role originally written for auburn-haired Creator/KatharineHepburn. As a result, her original nickname, "Red", has been changed to "Sam".
* AffectionateNickname: Dexter addresses Tracy as "Sam", from her middle Samatha, which she hates.
* AllStarCast: Music/BingCrosby, Music/FrankSinatra, Creator/GraceKelly and Music/LouisArmstrong were all famous by this point; and both Celeste Holm and John Lund, although lesser known, had been already in several critically acclaimed productions before this.
* AlmostKiss: Tracy and Mike after he sings "You're Sensational" to her.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling - Tracy and Caroline do ''not'' get on well to begin with, primarily because Caroline refuses to hide her [[ShipperOnDeck obvious preference for Dexter as her brother]]; possibly also because of a PrecociousCrush on Dexter, whom she feels Tracy mistreated.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Tracy is a little offended that Mike didn't take advantage of her while she was drunk.
* AsHimself: LouisArmstrong, referred to in-universe by his (real-life) nickname "Satchmo", plays himself as a friend of Dexter's. His band are introduced as themelves during their solos in "Now You Has Jazz", as well.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: C.K. Dexter Haven. Made even more awesome by the fact that we [[NoNameGiven are never told what the C.K. stands for.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: George, the reliable, respectable, somewhat dull fiance (Betty); and Dexter, the jazz-loving, dancing/singing/composing ex-husband (Veronica); to Sam's Archie. No surprises with whom she ends up...
* BigFancyHouse: As Satchmo points out, the Lords' house is a little excessive...
* BitchInSheepsClothing: George.
* {{Blackmail}}: Mike and Liz are only present because Spy magazine threatened to publish a disastrous account of Seth Lord's affairs. To their credit, they didn't know, and finally [[spoiler: refuse to hand in their story after they find out]]
* BlackMailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Spy Magazine doesn't want to have to print some scandalous details about Seth Lord, [[SarcasmMode not at all…]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Satchmo's opening monologue-cum-TitleSong begins with a direct address to the audience.
** LeaningOnTheFourthWall: After "Little One", he looks into the camera and observes:
--> "Great song, but [[LampshadeHanging the wrong girl…]]"
* CantHoldHerLiquor: Tracy.
* ChildHater: The first clue we get as to George's character is that he dislikes Caroline. The feeling is mutual.
* ComedyOfRemarriage
* ContrivedClumsiness: Tracy breaks Liz's camera.
* DanceOfRomance: Mike and Tracy dance a rumba, [[KissingUnderTheInfluence after champagne]], in the dark… Their partners are understandably upset. [[spoiler: It doesn't stick]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Dexter. Liz and Mike, and later Tracy, also qualify.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Tracy.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Mike and Tracy. [[spoiler:They didn't.]]
* DisposableFiance: George.
* DrowningMySorrows
* DrunkenSong:
** "Well, Did You Evah?" ''"I drink to your health ..." "Nah, let's drink to your wealth!"''
** Tracy sings "True Love" when drunk.
* DuelingStarsMovie: Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby were the two most popular singers of their day. In this movie, they sing a duet.
* DuetBonding: Friendly version, Mike and Dexter's "Well, Did You Evah?"
* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: Takes place over two days (and the night between)
* Both [[FirstGirlWins First Boy Wins]] and FirstGirlWins, for both couples
* FishOutOfWater: Mike and Liz. George too, to a lesser extent.
* GirlFriday: Liz to Mike
* GoshDarnItToHeck
* HairOfTheDog: Mike would "sell his grandmother" for an alcoholic beverage the morning after the party.
* HangoverSensitivity: Several characters.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Mike sings a song titled "Mind if I Make Love to You" to Tracy when they're dancing. In the '50s "making love" meant having an intimate conversation, such as flirtatious or seductive sweet talk, with no physical contact involved.
* IfIWereARichMan: Played with. Mike and Liz, while taking in the luxurious home of the Lords sing "''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire!''" ("I Don't!"), listing in the song all the luxuries they could afford if they were rich, and for each one, claiming not to want it. By their expressions and the effort they put into the song, it's implied to be a case of [[SourGrapesTropes Sour Grapes]], however.
* IronicEcho: "The truth is you'll never be a first class human being until you've learned to have some regard for human frailty."
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: (of champagne) Mike and Tracy
* LastSecondWordSwap: In "Did You Evah":
-->'''Mike:''' Have you heard that Mimsy Starr-
-->'''Dexter:''' Oh, what now?
-->'''Mike:''' She got pinched in the As- tor bar.
* LetsDuet: ''True Love" - Dexter/Tracy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" - Mike/Liz, "Well, Did You Evah!" - C.K., Mike
* LoveConfessor: Liz tacitly confirms Dexter's suspicion that she's in love with Mike.
* LoveTriangle: or Love Pentagram
* TheMissusAndTheEx: George and Dexter, for Sam, although technically she hasn't married the "missus" yet.
* MouthyKid: Caroline.
* TheMusical: Of ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'', and/or Philip Barry's original play of the same name.
* NonSingingVoice: Averted; despite initial plans to dub her, Kelly sang her own (small) part in 'True Love', which became a gold record.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Caroline complains to her mother that this is the case near the beginning of the movie; one of the reason's she's so glad to see Dexter return.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Mike carrying a drunk Tracy back to her furious fiance.
* PragmaticAdaptation: In regard to ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory''. Tracy's revenge plot is entirely removed; the presence of the reporters is explained separately. Seth Lord is also simplified and less present in the story, largely due to ValuesDissonance regarding his [[YourCheatingHeart extra-marital affairs]]; similarly Dexter's alcoholism is removed.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dexter gives Tracy one mid-way through the film. This is followed shortly by one from her father. She realises the truth of them when she tries to give one to Mike, and ends up with an IronicEcho of the earlier speeches
* RichBitch: Tracy, though somewhat toned and does improve over time.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Played with; although none of them really qualify as the poor suitor, Mike is certainly poorer than the other two. Between Dexter and George there seems to be little difference, numerically, but George is very conscious of being wealthy and succesful, while Dexter is not. Some ValuesDissonance on the crassness and unsuitability of being a SelfMadeMan appears.
* SelfMadeMan: George
* ShipperOnDeck: Caroline, for Sam/Dexter. Possibly Mrs Lord too.
* SiblingRivalry / TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: To some degree; Tracy is the elegant, lady-like grownup, to whom tomboyish, smart-alec Caroline feels somewhat inferior.
** Especially as Dexter at one point sings her a love song, "Little One", and [[PrecociousCrush she says they're engaged]]
-->'''Sam:''' Isn't it time for your milk and arsenic, darling?
* ShutUpKiss
* WeddingDay
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: What Tracy wants (or ''doesn't'' want) to know in the lead-up to her wedding.
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: The Lords.
* WhyWasteAWedding
* YourCheatingHeart: Seth Lord
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