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Anything Goes 

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On an ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American romance an English heiress who is being forced to return home to marry a man she doesn't love. The American must avoid ... See full summary »

Director:

Sid Smith

Writers:

Howard Lindsay (by), Russel Crouse (by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ethel Merman ... Reno Sweeney
Frank Sinatra ... Harry Dane
Bert Lahr ... Moonface
Sheree North ... Bonnie
Norman Abbott Norman Abbott ... Radio Announcer (as Norman Abbot)
Nestor Paiva ... Dr. Henry T. Dobson
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (as Arthur Gould Porter)
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Wentworth
Lou Krugman Lou Krugman ... Purser
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On an ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American romance an English heiress who is being forced to return home to marry a man she doesn't love. The American must avoid his boss who is traveling on the same vessel and disguises himself as a gangster traveling with a minister who is, in fact, a disguised gangster on the lam. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

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During several scenes you can see the backdrop moving from people walking behind it. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Friendship
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Ethel Merman and Bert Lahr
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This TV version of "Anything Goes" was pretty entertaining during it's less-than-hour length
20 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having previously seen the 1936 filmed version with Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman and the 1956 version (with different plot but same cruise setting) with Crosby and Donald O'Connor, I've now just seen the live-aired TV version from 1954 with Merman, Frank Sinatra, and Bert Lahr. Running less than an hour without the commercials this show was originally presented with on air, the original Broadway book gets shortened in order to showcase the famous Cole Porter songs like "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "Friendship" among other songs. The three leads are mostly good with the material given them with Lahr quite funny with some of his exaggerated readings. Sheree North also has her moments when she's dancing. The kinescope print I saw was clear enough that part of me could imagine it being live. Not a great presentation but pretty good for what it was. So that's a recommendation of this version of "Anything Goes".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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