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Anything Goes (1956)

Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Bill Benson
... Ted Adams
... Gaby Duval (as Jeanmaire)
... Patsy Blair
... Steve Blair
... Victor Lawrence
... Ed Brent
... Alex Todd
Archer MacDonald ... Otto
... Suzanne
Alma Macrorie ... French Baroness
... German Woman
... Paul Holiday
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Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to the girl they selected without informing the other until they head back across the Atlantic by liner - with each man having brought his choice along! It becomes a stormy crossing as each man has to tell his 'find' that she might not get the role after all. Written by Alfred Jingle

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In the title song Anything Goes, the line is "Now only use FOUR letter words, but in the movie Mitzi Gaynor sings "Now only use THREE letter words." The Production Code Administration, or "the Breen Office," would have banned "FOUR letter words" on the grounds of implied obscenity. See more »

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During the "You're The Top" number Bing Crosby and Mitzi Gaynor are on the lifeboat deck on one side of a partition while Donald O'Connor and Zizi Jeanmaire are on the other side. All are singing yet, though the deck is open to the sky, no one hears the others. Also, there are no partitions on a lifeboat deck. See more »

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Alex Todd: On the sixth year you reported no income.
Steve Blair: That's right.
Alex Todd: The government can prove that you won over $100,000 that year.
Steve Blair: Sure, but that wasn't mine. I had to take care of the guys that took care of me during the five bad years.
Alex Todd: You had the money, why didn't you pay your taxes?
Steve Blair: What do you think I am, a crook?
Alex Todd: Now, look...
Steve Blair: What have we got, a government full of welchers? It's not ethical to let your friends down. They lent me their money, so I paid them back. And I would've paid you too, but I had...
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Ya Gotta Give The People Hoke
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor
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A bad misfire of a musical from start to finish...
24 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

ANYTHING GOES was barely a few minutes in progress before I knew it was going to be a lemon. For starters, there's Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor meeting for the first time and throwing together an intricate but unfunny skit that it would have taken weeks to rehearse, full of props and bits of business that only full rehearsals could accomplish. We're supposed to believe it's a spontaneous spur of the moment romp. So much for the artificial nature of the tale.

Then some familiar Cole Porter songs get a very limp treatment as the wisp of a plot progresses, a tiresome thing about two actresses inadvertently signed up for the same show by an inept Crosby and O'Connor looking for a single actress to play the lead in their show.

The sad thing is that the film looks great as far as the VistaVision Technicolor photography, sets and costumes go, but the script by Sidney Sheldon offers one flat line after another in an attempt to be light and breezy and there's nothing the actors can do to liven the proceedings. Only Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O'Connor have enough professional presence to sparkle occasionally, but the end result is that none of the dance routines are especially impressive. Jeanmaire is no help, a gamin with a French accent who is supposed to fall madly in love with Crosby despite their age difference.

With uninspired choreography and a trite script, there's no doubt I won't be revisiting this bland musical anytime soon. The only Cole Porter song that gets at least half-decent treatment is "It's Delightful, It's DeLovely." And the new songs (three of them) do nothing to add any luster, even one designed as a specialty number for Donald O'Connor.

To add insult to injury, poor Phil Harris has a thankless role as Gaynor's father in trouble with the IRS, a situation handled without a shred of wit.


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