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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)
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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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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:
Anything Goes opened at the Alvin Street Theater on November 21, 1934 with Ethel Merman and ran for 420 performances.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:
Blow Gabriel BlowSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A bad misfire of a musical from start to finish..., 24 November 2011
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

ANYTHING GOES was barely a few minutes in progress before I knew it was going to be a lemon. For starters, there's Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor meeting for the first time and throwing together an intricate but unfunny skit that it would have taken weeks to rehearse, full of props and bits of business that only full rehearsals could accomplish. We're supposed to believe it's a spontaneous spur of the moment romp. So much for the artificial nature of the tale.

Then some familiar Cole Porter songs get a very limp treatment as the wisp of a plot progresses, a tiresome thing about two actresses inadvertently signed up for the same show by an inept Crosby and O'Connor looking for a single actress to play the lead in their show.

The sad thing is that the film looks great as far as the VistaVision Technicolor photography, sets and costumes go, but the script by Sidney Sheldon offers one flat line after another in an attempt to be light and breezy and there's nothing the actors can do to liven the proceedings. Only Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O'Connor have enough professional presence to sparkle occasionally, but the end result is that none of the dance routines are especially impressive. Jeanmaire is no help, a gamin with a French accent who is supposed to fall madly in love with Crosby despite their age difference.

With uninspired choreography and a trite script, there's no doubt I won't be revisiting this bland musical anytime soon. The only Cole Porter song that gets at least half-decent treatment is "It's Delightful, It's DeLovely." And the new songs (three of them) do nothing to add any luster, even one designed as a specialty number for Donald O'Connor.

To add insult to injury, poor Phil Harris has a thankless role as Gaynor's father in trouble with the IRS, a situation handled without a shred of wit.

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