The Colgate Comedy Hour: Season 4, Episode 22

Anything Goes (28 Feb. 1954)

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On an ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American romance an English heiress who is being forced to return home to marry a man she doesn't love. The American must avoid ... See full summary »

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On an ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American romance an English heiress who is being forced to return home to marry a man she doesn't love. The American must avoid his boss who is traveling on the same vessel and disguises himself as a gangster traveling with a minister who is, in fact, a disguised gangster on the lam. Written by Anonymous

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It is said that Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra did not get along well. This was the only time that they worked together. See more »

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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Anything Goes (1950) See more »

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You're the Top
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Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman
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To Fit the Frame
20 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Probably this version of Anything Goes would be far better remembered if it had been the actual Broadway show done with the whole score. As it is to fit the frame of the hour long Colgate Comedy Hour with commercials the script for the show becomes completely incoherent. And I do wonder how Cole Porter must have taken one of his biggest Broadway hits with commercials for the sponsor.

But the music which was taken from many Porter shows is what you want to hear and stars Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, and Bert Lahr deliver it with gusto. Saying that about Ethel Merman is almost an oxymoron, when did that woman ever do anything subtly? Songs that were actually in Anything Goes that made it to this production are You're The Top, Blow Gabriel Blow, All Through The Night, and of course the title song. Other Porter productions supply the rest, in fact there are so many numbers they crowd out a semblance of a story.

As it was live television all we see his a photographed stage play, but the songs and the performers are immortal.


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