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Director:
Writers:
Guy Bolton (play) &
P.G. Wodehouse (play) ...
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Release Date:
April 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Year of the Dog (2007/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
All Through The NightSee more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Dispiriting, 8 October 2005
Author: glm39 from New York City

It has all the trappings of an entertaining musical, but the chemistry is not there. A few of the musical numbers are worth seeing, but many are mediocre at best. The most peculiar thing about the movie is its substitution of boring, pedestrian new songs to take the place of Cole Porter's songs. Although Jimmy Van Heusen certainly composed some good songs in his day, the present "Ya Gotta Give the People Hoke," "Bounce Right Back," and "A Second-Hand Turban" are embarrassing. The producers couldn't find 3 more Cole Porter songs to use instead? Adding to the embarrassment is the bowdlerization of the song "Anything Goes," in which Mitzi Gayner is not even permitted to refer to authors' "four-letter words." Instead, we are nonsensically told that authors nowadays use only "three-letter words." Of course, such censoring of the lyrics of this song negate the entire premise of the song, which is that anything is permitted nowadays.

Donald O'Connor has a very nice dance routine with children and a lot of bouncing balls in "Bounce Right Back," which is the most original number in the film. The comedy duos by O'Connor and Crosby fall flat, as does the vocal by Jeanmaire. Indeed, after hearing the mangled arrangement of her trying to sing "I Get a Kick Out of You," I actually stopped the movie and played a Frank Sinatra version in order to get the bad taste out of my ears. Mitzi Gayner is lively and attractive and does a good job in belting out her songs. Crosby is always good, although the arrangement and photography of his performance of "All Through the Night" were so anemic that one might doze through it, without danger of anything happening to wake one up.

The plot is actually a very good basis for a musical comedy (a mix-up in which both Gayner and Jeanmaire are hired for the same part), but the writing is corny and stilted, there is little real humor, and the comic potential of the situation is simply not realized. Although the drama is of course not the most important part of a musical comedy, if it does not help to motivate the songs and does not create any suspense about what will happen, then the audience is just tapping its feet waiting for the next musical number.

I think that if someone were to edit the film to include five or so of the best musical numbers only (no plot, no weaker songs), one might have 20 minutes of decent entertainment. But to watch the film for 106 minutes to get those 20 minutes of entertainment is not that pleasant.

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