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"The Colgate Comedy Hour" Anything Goes (1954)

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The Colgate Comedy Hour: Season 4: Episode 22 -- On a luxurious ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American woo an English heiress who is returning home to marry a man she doesn't love. In an attempt to elude his boss, the American disguises himself as a gangster traveling with a minister. But, in reality, the minister is an actual gangster on the lam.
The Colgate Comedy Hour: Season 4: Episode 22 -- Trailer for Anything Goes
Anything Goes: Season 4: Episode 22 -- On a luxurious ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American woo an English heiress who is returning home to marry a man she doesn't love.


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Original Air Date:
28 February 1954 (Season 4, Episode 22)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ethel Merman ... Reno Sweeney

Frank Sinatra ... Harry Dane

Bert Lahr ... Moonface

Sheree North ... Bonnie
Norman Abbott ... Radio Announcer (as Norman Abbot)
Nestor Paiva ... Dr. Henry T. Dobson
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (as Arthur Gould Porter)
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Wentworth
Lou Krugman ... Purser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Scott ... Dancer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sid Smith 
Writing credits
Howard Lindsay (by) and
Russel Crouse (by)

Herbert Baker (written for television by)

Guy Bolton (from the book by) and
P.G. Wodehouse (from the book by)

Produced by
Leland Hayward .... executive producer
Jule Styne .... producer
Production Design by
Furth Ullman 
Production Management
Peter Barnum .... supervisor: NBC (as Pete Barnum)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Ann Nyberg .... wardrobe
Music Department
Eliot Daniel .... vocal supervision
Al Goodman .... musical director
Cole Porter .... music and lyrics by: Musical Comedy
Other crew
David Alexander .... staged by
Ross Miller .... technical director
Robert Sidney .... choreographer (as Bob Sidney)
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?

Jimmy Durante ... Himself

Fred Allen ... Himself

Eddie Cantor ... Himself
Eddie Garr ... Himself / performer

Donald O'Connor ... Himself
Hal Sawyer ... Announcer

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Woody Allen  uncredited
William A. Attaway 
Fred Hamilton  creator
Larry Rhine  staff writer
Danny Simon 

Produced by
Michael Todd .... producer
Original Music by
Ronny Graham 
Art Direction by
Paul Barnes 
Costume Design by
Pauline Trigere (gowns)
Music Department
Lester Lee .... composer: title theme
Other crew
Samuel Fuller .... production assistant
Fred Kelly .... choreographer
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Additional Details

USA:60 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: During several scenes you can see the backdrop moving from people walking behind it.See more »
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I Get A Kick Out Of YouSee more »


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To Fit the Frame, 20 February 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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