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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anything Goes opened at the Alvin Street Theater on November 21, 1934 with Ethel Merman and ran for 420 performances. 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 »

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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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Blow Gabriel Blow
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Bing Crosby Mitzi Gaynor Donald O'Connor and Zizi Jeanmaire
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Rather bland but good performances throughout.
8 February 2005 | by Scaramouche2004See all my reviews

As far as the golden age of musicals were concerned, the back trackers were always Paramount and Warner Brothers, who never quite achieved the magic that MGM created, despite their most valiant efforts to produce MGM-esquire musicals.

One such film that could have been a great deal more magical had MGM been at the helm is Anything Goes.

Bing Crosby stars in his second big screen version of the Cole Porter Broadway smash, although this plot has been modified slightly and brought up to date 50' style..it therefore tells a completely different story to Crosby's first version twenty years earlier.

Donald O'Conner, who in my humble opinion was one of the most underrated performers Hollywood ever had, provides the dances and comic turns whilst he romances the beautiful Mitzi Gaynor.

O'Conner was a natural at almost everything he did. He was a superb comic, a gifted actor and a dancer of extraordinary talent on par I think with Fred Astaire and his 'Singing in the Rain' co-star Gene Kelly, yet his contributions to film, have on the whole been overlooked. He was therefore demoted to 'B' movie comedies like the god awful "Francis" films.

Bing sings his way through Porters songs in his usual effortless way, as he tries to discard, appease and finally woo a French Ballet star played by ZiZi Jeanmaire, billed here simply as 'Jeanmaire' Another pleasant appearance is made by 40's band leader Phil 'Balloo in Jungle Book' Harris, and he is a welcome addition although regrettably he is not given an opportunity to perform some of those comic southern songs like 'Woodman, Spare that Tree' or 'The Dark Town Poker Club' with which he made his name.

The plot is scratchy too with Crosby and O'Conner forming an effortless partnership whilst collaborating on a new Broadway show.

The clash of styles and the obvious comparisons of youth and novice against age and experience are hinted at in the beginning, leaving you wanting more of the same, but alas these differences trail off into nothing and they are not exploited to full effect. It would have made this film a lot more enjoyable to see the two male leads spar more together and therefore classic entertainment is unfortunately denied us.

One of the previous reviewers said that there was something missing from this film that they couldn't put their finger on....I think that this was it.

But despite the bad script and leaky predictable plot, the performances are great and the songs as ever are timeless. Porter, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen were three of the best song-smiths in the business.

Watch this one when you can, but don't cancel anything important in order to do so.


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