High Society (1955 film)

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High Society
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byBen Schwalb
Written byJerome S. Gottler & Bert Lawrence (screenplay)
Edward Bernds & Ellwood Ullman (story)
StarringLeo Gorcey
Huntz Hall
David Gorcey
Bernard Gorcey
Leon Askin
Sig Ruman
Music byMarlin Skiles
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Edited byJohn C. Fuller
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • April 17, 1955 (1955-04-17)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

High Society is a 1955 comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring the comedy team of The Bowery Boys. The film was released on April 17, 1955, by Allied Artists and is the 37th film in the series. It is the only film in the series to receive an Academy Award nomination, albeit through being mistaken for another film with the same title.


Sach receives news that he is the heir to the Terwilliger Debussy Jones fortune. Accompanied by his pals Slip and Louie, he arrives at the Jones mansion to review the legal papers needed for him to claim his new fortune. However, Sach and Slip discover that the rightful heir, the young Terwilliger III, is being cheated out his inheritance by the miscreant duo of Stuyvesant Jones and Clarissa. Sach and Slip, with the help of their fellow Bowery Boys, save the day and restore the heir’s inheritance.[1]


The Bowery Boys[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

Cast notes[edit]

Chuck (David Gorcey) and Butch (Bennie Bartlett) only appear at the beginning and end of this film.

Academy Award gaffe[edit]

For the 29th Academy Awards, High Society was accidentally included on the ballot in category for the Academy Award for Best Story. The error took place because another film with the same title – the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production of the 1956 Cole Porter musical High Society starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra – was in release. Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman, the screenwriters for The Bowery Boys comedy, acknowledged their nomination was a mistake and successfully requested their removal from the Academy Award ballot.[2]

Home media[edit]

Warner Archives released the film on made-to-order DVD in the United States as part of The Bowery Boys, Volume Two on April 9, 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "High Society". AllMovie Guide. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "High Society". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved July 1, 2010.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bowery to Bagdad
"The Bowery Boys" movies
Succeeded by
Spy Chasers