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Writers:
Guy Bolton (play) &
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Release Date:
April 1956 (USA) See more »
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Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers'... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Bill Benson

Donald O'Connor ... Ted Adams
Zizi Jeanmaire ... Gaby Duval (as Jeanmaire)

Mitzi Gaynor ... Patsy Blair

Phil Harris ... Steve Blair

Kurt Kasznar ... Victor Lawrence

Richard Erdman ... Ed Brent
Walter Sande ... Alex Todd
Archer MacDonald ... Otto

Argentina Brunetti ... Suzanne
Alma Macrorie ... French Baroness
Dorothy Neumann ... German Woman

James Griffith ... Paul Holiday
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Bennett ... Ann (uncredited)
John Benson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Albert Carrier ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Backstage Party Guest (uncredited)

Lesley-Marie Colburn ... Little Girl (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)

Marcel Dalio ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Jann Darlyn ... Girl (uncredited)
Nancy Lee Davis ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... French Luggage Man (uncredited)
John Erman ... Boy (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Emily Heath ... Young American Girl (uncredited)
Tom Hernández ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Craig Hill ... Danny (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Parisian Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Lucille Knox ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Nancy Kulp ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)

Ruta Lee ... Girl (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edward Manouk ... French Sailor (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Audience Spectator (uncredited)
Virginia McDowall ... English Usherette (uncredited)
Don Megowan ... Henri (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Buzz Miller ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Audience Spectator (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Doris Packer ... English Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Howard Parker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Man (uncredited)
Tracey Roberts ... Blanche (uncredited)
Tony Russel ... French Sailor (uncredited)
Autumn Russell ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Paul Wexler ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Lewis 
 
Writing credits
Guy Bolton (play) &
P.G. Wodehouse (play)

Sidney Sheldon 

Produced by
Robert Emmett Dolan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Van Cleave (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Curtis Mick .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Coonan .... assistant director (as John Coonan)
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Keogh .... costume designer: ballet
Sy Devore .... costumes: Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nick Castle .... stager: musical numbers
Joseph J. Lilley .... conductor
Joseph J. Lilley .... music arranger
Van Cleave .... special orchestral arranger
 
Other crew
Ernie Flatt .... stager: "Anything Goes"
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Roland Petit .... stager: Jeanmaire ballet and "I Get A Kick Out of You"
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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106 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
This was the last film shown on a television network in 1966. It made its television debut on New Year's Eve of that year, at 9:00 PM., on "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies". Immediately after the film, the New Year's Eve festivities began.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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Bing's Swan Song At Paramount, 15 April 2012
Author: David Lobosco from United States

The musical Anything Goes was a superb Cole Porter Broadway show when it opened in the 1930s. Since its 1934 debut at the Neil Simon Theatre (at the time known as the Alvin) on Broadway, the musical has been revived several times in the United States and Britain and has been filmed twice. The musical had a tryout in Boston, before opening on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on November 21, 1934. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Great Depression on Broadway patrons' disposable income.

The movie was first filmed in 1936 with Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman, but it bared little resemblance to the Broadway show. Twenty years later, Bing was ending his contract with Paramount Studios after twenty four years with the studio. His last movie for Paramount would be an updated version of Anything Goes in 1956. Though this film again starred Bing Crosby (whose character was once more renamed), Donald O'Connor, and comedian Phil Harris in a cameo, the new film almost completely excised the rest of the characters in favor of a totally new plot. The film features almost no similarities to the play or 1936 film, apart from some songs and the title.

I have always enjoyed this 1956 swan song Bing made for Paramount. However, this movie could have been a great movie and not just a good or fair movie. I think my biggest problem with the film was Bing's co-star Zizi Jeanmaire. She was a popular French ballet dancer, who was married to the choreographer of the movie Roland Petit. Whether she got him his job on the film or visa versa, I don't know. However, she was totally wrong as Bing's love interest. Bing and Jeanmaire just did not have the chemistry. She was a fine dancer, but the Cole Porter song "I Get A Kick Out Of You" was wasted on her limited vocal ability.

Speaking of the Cole Porter score, Paramount did a grave injustice by tearing apart the great Broadway score. The primary musical numbers ("Anything Goes", "You're the Top", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow") with updated arrangements appear in the film, while the lesser-known Porter songs were cut completely, and new songs, written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, were substituted. I enjoy the music of Cahn and Van Heusen, and they wrote some of the great songs in Frank Sinatra's songbook. However, when they wrote for Bing in the 1950s, the songs sounded tired and corny. The two songs they wrote for Bing were "Ya Gotta Give the People Hoke" and "A Second Hand Turbin". Bing deserved better songs than this.

One more thing I would have done differently with the film is the use of Phil Harris. Harris not only was a great personality and singer but also a personal friend of Bing. In the movie he played the father of Mitzi Gaynor. He had a good role in the film, but Harris did not have much interaction with Bing. I think that was a wasted opportunity for a musical number between the two. It would have made for some great cinema.

Again, while the 1956 version of Anything Goes is no Singin' In The Rain, it is not a bad movie. It was one of the first Bing movies I remember watching and despite what I would change, I think the pairing of Bing and Donald O'Connor was great. Also the finale of "Blow Gabriel Blow" is a fitting end to Bing's association with Paramount. He helped to save the studio from bankruptcy in 1932, and Bing was one of the studio's biggest stars for the next two decades...

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