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Anything Goes (1956)

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Complete credited cast:
Ted Adams
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Patsy Blair
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Victor Lawrence
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Walter Sande ...
Alex Todd
Archer MacDonald ...
Alma Macrorie ...
French Baroness
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Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to the girl they selected without informing the other until they head back across the Atlantic by liner - with each man having brought his choice along! It becomes a stormy crossing as each man has to tell his 'find' that she might not get the role after all. Written by Alfred Jingle

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A Quadrilha do Amor  »

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At one point Donald O'Connor commiserates with Bing Crosby, "You've got yourself a case of moonburn, huh?" "Moonburn" is the title of a Hoagy Carmichael song added to the 1936 film version of Anything Goes (1936) also starring Crosby. See more »


During the "Ya Gotta Give The People Hoke" number Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor go into a prop room, pick up a prop, go on stage, do a "bit" and go back to the prop room. About midway through, Bing comes out on stage wearing a Fireman's hat. There is a pile of brownish debris and several piles of white material that were not there a second before, indicating that one or more "bits" had been cut after filming. See more »


Version of The Colgate Comedy Hour: Anything Goes (1954) See more »


Blow Gabriel Blow
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Bing Crosby Mitzi Gaynor Donald O'Connor and Zizi Jeanmaire
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Anything Goes: Hollywood done Cole Porter wrong!
19 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies where you think Hollywood done Cole Porter wrong. The Cole Porter tunes are excellent. That vamp Bing Crosby and cast do at the end of the movie with "Blow Gabriel Blow" is excellent; that Bing Crosby lent his talent to such a vamp speaks to his spirit as well as his talent. Changing 'Four letter words' for 'three letter words' is funny in a Hollywood sort of funny.

But the deterioration of the movie comes with Donald O'Connor throwing a ball around with a bunch of kids--I never understand this fascination for kids--it was silly, stupid, inane, vacuous. And alas there were three other numbers equally horrendous. That nonsense with a turban didn't work either.

But if you like Cole Porter, their interpretations of his music was about as good as it gets. Their vocalizations enhance Cole Porter without taking away from Cole Poter. If Hollywood has a few spare millions hanging around, they might consider a remake of ANYTHING GOES. Though in a million years, I couldn't tell who the cast should be.

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