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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:
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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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It's the top, 29 January 2012
Author: earlytalkie from United States

Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra make for a strange romantic coupling indeed, and they reportedly did not get along during this live television presentation, but they do make for some really good music. Ms. Merman was in her late forties when this was done, but her stage magic is in full view in this Colgate Comedy Hour production. There have been two Paramount films of this show made, in 1936 and 1956. I have seen neither of them, but the general consensus is that neither are entirely satisfactory, with the nod being given to the earlier film. This TV version has been cut to fit a one-hour time slot with commercials, but it gives you a (shortened) version of the original book. Bert Lahr is wonderful as usual as "Public Enemy 13". You can also see Sherrie North as a flapper, and TV stalwarts Lou Krugman and Barbara Morrison in small parts. The kinescope recording came from Ethel Merman's private collection and looks and sounds as reasonably good as can be expected.

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