Frank and Bing, Well Did You Evah!

High Society (1956, dir. Charles Walters) may not be everyone’s cup of tea. A lot of people don’t like musicals, and a lot of people don’t like remakes. And a lot of people love The Philadelphia Story (1940, dir. George Cukor). However, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby AND Louis Armstrong? Come on! And though I love Grace Kelly in it – because I love her in everything -, it’s Frank and Bing who take today’s spotlight with their wonderful, chaotic and awesome rendition of Cole Porter’s ‘Well Did You Evah?’.

So, what’s happening? Tracy Lord (Kelly) and George Kittredge (John Lund) are getting married, but C. K. Dexter Haven (Bing Crosby), Tracy’s ex-husband shows up unexpected, as do journalists Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra) and Liz Imbrie (Celeste Holm). You know how it goes. Naturally, during the party, heads butt and egos clash. Enter Frank and Bing. Two of the greatest voices of the 20th Century drinking it up, complaining about the party, taking friendly jabs at each other and bringing it, like always. ‘True Love’ may be High Society’s biggest song, but Well Did You Evah! has always been my favorite. The lyrics, the tune, the (drunken) dance routine, the comic timing, the jokes… It’s just a joy to watch these two giants doing their thing. And apparently, they almost didn’t happen! Originally written for the musical DuBarry was a Lady, the song was apparently added at the last minute because they realized they didn’t have a song for Frank and Bing to sing together. Makes sense. If only they’d thought of that for Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart!

4 thoughts on “Frank and Bing, Well Did You Evah!

  1. mikefilmbuff

    Wonderful duet! Not having a Song together between these 2 great singers would have been an injustice. Glad it was added. Song choices in films have a varied history. As you know “ somewhere over the rainbow “ was almost cut from” the wizard of oz” to shorten the running time.

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  2. Since we both belong to Gill’s Facebook group, I thought it was high time I paid you (and your lovely Old Hollywood Garden) a visit. 🙂 In browsing your latest posts, this one caught my eye because I love Bing, I love Frank, and I love High Society! 🙂 This number’s my favorite, too – and your glowing words sent me to YouTube to enjoy it all over again before commenting. (“What BROADS…They’re BEAUTIFUL!“ And the adorable way Frank shakes his head when he realizes that little spin would be too much for him. And Bing’s just so cool. And that HARMONY!) I adore it. ❤ I could gush about if forever, but I’ll just simply say I agree with you completely. 🙂

    Since you appreciate the magic combo that is Frank & Bing together, I highly recommend their renditions of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “We Wish You the Merriest.” It doesn’t matter that it’s not Christmas. You’ll love ‘em. 😉

    Also, I have a blog called The Classic Film Connection, and I’ve been a little obsessed with movie men recently. 🙂 In my latest post, Bing made my list of favorite leading men, and in the one before that, one of Frank’s characters made the cut in my response to Gill’s “Flaming Hot” tag. There’s plenty of gushing involved, and I think you’ll enjoy them. 🙂 I hope you stop by and check them out soon!

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    1. Hey! Thank you so much for your comment! 😀
      Frank and Bing were indeed wonderful!! Those are lovely recommendations.

      I will definitely be checking your blog and leaving a comment! 😀

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