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"The Colgate Comedy Hour" Anything Goes (1954)

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Anything Goes: Season 4: Episode 22 -- Trailer for Anything Goes
Anything Goes (1954): 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
Bob Sidney .... choreographer
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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Anything Goes (1956)See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Good Points & Bad Points, 22 August 2001
Author: Craig Gustafson from Illinois

Bad Points:

1. Truncated script, impossible to follow. 2. Merman and Sinatra are HIGHLY uncomfortable sharing the stage. Sinatra is trying to act with Merman, but she puts up this wall you can almost see. When they kiss, she is so obviously NOT kissing him back that you feel sorry for the poor shmoe. A matinee idol and he can't get *Ethel Merman* to kiss him believably? 3. Merman is past her physical prime and shouldn't be in tight sexy outfits. However, she blows the roof off with "Blow Gabriel Blow," so who cares about the dress?

Good Points: 1. The Cole Porter music is beautifully delivered. 2. Bert Lahr. Still in his prime. 3. Sinatra and Merman working with Lahr. They can't stand each other on stage, but put either of them with Lahr and they come alive. Merman in particular seems overjoyed to be singing "Friendship" with Lahr, which they introduced fifteen years earlier in "DuBarry Was a Lady." Twenty years drops off of her for this one number.

This is very definitely worth seeing at least once, just for Sinatra singing Cole Porter music live, and to see Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman in the kind of Broadway show for which they became famous.

ALSO: Lahr tries to break Merman up onstage. As Reno, she is supposed to marry a Lord Oakleigh. Merman played Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun" eight years earlier. Lahr says, "He just wanted to make sure that you became Annie Oak... uh Lady Oakleigh." She doesn't break.

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