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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Bill Benson
Donald O'Connor ... Ted Adams
Zizi Jeanmaire ... Gaby Duval (as Jeanmaire)
Mitzi Gaynor ... Patsy Blair
Phil Harris ... Steve Blair
Kurt Kasznar ... Victor Lawrence
Richard Erdman ... Ed Brent
Walter Sande ... Alex Todd
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Otto
Argentina Brunetti ... Suzanne
Alma Macrorie Alma Macrorie ... French Baroness
Dorothy Neumann ... German Woman
James Griffith ... Paul Holiday
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Amor See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the "Ya Gotta Give The People Hoke" number Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor go into a prop room, pick up a prop, go on stage, do a "bit" and go back to the prop room. About midway through, Bing comes out on stage wearing a Fireman's hat. There is a pile of brownish debris and several piles of white material that were not there a second before, indicating that one or more "bits" had been cut after filming. See more »

Quotes

Alex Todd: You had five straight bad years.
Steve Blair: Well, that's not my fault. Arrest the horses.
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I Get A Kick Out Of You
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Zizi Jeanmaire
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what are they all complaining about?
8 October 2012 | by dailyshampoo48See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. Typically, I hate remakes, but this one isn't so bad. Was Bing Crosby a better actor in the 30's and 40's? You bet your boots. Then again, I've never liked him in anything he's done, ever, and at least in 'Anything Goes' he doesn't try to act, and sticks to the crooning instead.

Also, I love Donald O'Connor, and he is at the top of his form here. I didn't know who Mitzi Gaynor was, but now that I do, I really like her. She's a good dancer with a pleasant screen persona. Jeanmaire is okay. I liked her wardrobe.

The art direction is good (I especially like the number where Donald and Bing sing the same song from two adjoining rooms) and the film hasn't been 'overproduced', as was the somewhat comparable 'White Christmas'. I hate it when musicals take themselves too seriously! The story is silly, but worrying about that sh*t is missing the point entirely.

Don't believe these over-critical snobs. They're missing out, and they don't even know it.


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