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Director:
Writers:
Guy Bolton (play) &
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Release Date:
April 1956 (USA) See more »
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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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Rather bland but good performances throughout. See more (23 total) »

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
 
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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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 Bing Crosby's last Paramount picture.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:
I Get A Kick Out Of YouSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Rather bland but good performances throughout., 8 February 2005
Author: Scaramouche2004 from Coventry, England

As far as the golden age of musicals were concerned, the back trackers were always Paramount and Warner Brothers, who never quite achieved the magic that MGM created, despite their most valiant efforts to produce MGM-esquire musicals.

One such film that could have been a great deal more magical had MGM been at the helm is Anything Goes.

Bing Crosby stars in his second big screen version of the Cole Porter Broadway smash, although this plot has been modified slightly and brought up to date 50' style..it therefore tells a completely different story to Crosby's first version twenty years earlier.

Donald O'Conner, who in my humble opinion was one of the most underrated performers Hollywood ever had, provides the dances and comic turns whilst he romances the beautiful Mitzi Gaynor.

O'Conner was a natural at almost everything he did. He was a superb comic, a gifted actor and a dancer of extraordinary talent on par I think with Fred Astaire and his 'Singing in the Rain' co-star Gene Kelly, yet his contributions to film, have on the whole been overlooked. He was therefore demoted to 'B' movie comedies like the god awful "Francis" films.

Bing sings his way through Porters songs in his usual effortless way, as he tries to discard, appease and finally woo a French Ballet star played by ZiZi Jeanmaire, billed here simply as 'Jeanmaire' Another pleasant appearance is made by 40's band leader Phil 'Balloo in Jungle Book' Harris, and he is a welcome addition although regrettably he is not given an opportunity to perform some of those comic southern songs like 'Woodman, Spare that Tree' or 'The Dark Town Poker Club' with which he made his name.

The plot is scratchy too with Crosby and O'Conner forming an effortless partnership whilst collaborating on a new Broadway show.

The clash of styles and the obvious comparisons of youth and novice against age and experience are hinted at in the beginning, leaving you wanting more of the same, but alas these differences trail off into nothing and they are not exploited to full effect. It would have made this film a lot more enjoyable to see the two male leads spar more together and therefore classic entertainment is unfortunately denied us.

One of the previous reviewers said that there was something missing from this film that they couldn't put their finger on....I think that this was it.

But despite the bad script and leaky predictable plot, the performances are great and the songs as ever are timeless. Porter, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen were three of the best song-smiths in the business.

Watch this one when you can, but don't cancel anything important in order to do so.

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