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Anything Goes (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Musical | 24 January 1936 (USA)
A young man falls in love with a beautiful blonde. When he sees her being forced onto a luxury liner, he decides to follow and rescue her. However, he discovers that she is an English ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Guy Bolton (play), P.G. Wodehouse (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Billy Crocker
Ethel Merman ... Reno Sweeney
Charles Ruggles ... Moonface Martin
Ida Lupino ... Hope Harcourt
Grace Bradley ... Bonnie LeTour
Arthur Treacher ... Sir Evelyn Oakleigh
Robert McWade ... Elisha J. Whitney
Richard Carle ... Bishop Dobson
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Wentworth
Jerry Tucker ... Junior
Matt Moore ... Capt. McPhail
Edward Gargan ... Detective
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Detective
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Pug-Ugly
The Avalon Boys The Avalon Boys ... Quartet
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A young man falls in love with a beautiful blonde. When he sees her being forced onto a luxury liner, he decides to follow and rescue her. However, he discovers that she is an English heiress who ran away from home and is now being returned to England. He also discovers that his boss is on the ship. To avoid discovery, he disguises himself as the gangster accomplice of a minister, who is actually a gangster on the run from the law. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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You'll Get A Kick Outa Us...! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tops Is the Limit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

During "Sailor Beware," there is a shot of deckhands strumming guitars at a much faster tempo than the song itself, suggesting that it's stock footage from another film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Reno Sweeney: [singing] In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something shocking, / Now, Heaven knows, / Anything goes!
[as she sings the words "anything goes", the title of the film appears onscreen]
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

"There'll Always Be A Lady Fair
by Cole Porter
Sung by the Avalon Boys Quartet
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Very Bizarre But It Has Its Moments
25 April 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman star in this shipboard comedy caper with a few songs tossed in from the Broadway production by Cole Porter. Very odd film has Crosby mistaken for Public Enemy No 1, Merman (as Reno Sweeney) sailing for Europe, Charlie Ruggles (posing as a clergyman), Ida Lupino as a runaway heiress, Arthur Treacher (bringing her back) as Lord Oakley, Grace Bradley as the real public enemy's wife, and Margaret Dumont as a haughty passenger.

The title song remains as does "You're the Top." The rest are forgettable. This is such a mishmash of comedy schtick and bad plotting that's it's useless to follow the plot, but Crosby and Merman are breezy and fun. Ruggles does a blatant and bad impression of Vistor Moore (who played the part on Broadway), Lupino and Treacher are fun.

Funniest bits have Crosby needing a beard for a disguise when a dog walks by.... Merman also stars in the big Chinese production number as the boat docks! As I said, a very odd film. Jane Wyman is one of the chorus girls.


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