The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)
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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 »

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Sid Smith

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Version of Anything Goes (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

It Was Just One of Those Things
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman
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Good Points & Bad Points
22 August 2001 | by Bilko-3See all my reviews

Bad Points:

1. Truncated script, impossible to follow. 2. Merman and Sinatra are HIGHLY uncomfortable sharing the stage. Sinatra is trying to act with Merman, but she puts up this wall you can almost see. When they kiss, she is so obviously NOT kissing him back that you feel sorry for the poor shmoe. A matinee idol and he can't get *Ethel Merman* to kiss him believably? 3. Merman is past her physical prime and shouldn't be in tight sexy outfits. However, she blows the roof off with "Blow Gabriel Blow," so who cares about the dress?

Good Points: 1. The Cole Porter music is beautifully delivered. 2. Bert Lahr. Still in his prime. 3. Sinatra and Merman working with Lahr. They can't stand each other on stage, but put either of them with Lahr and they come alive. Merman in particular seems overjoyed to be singing "Friendship" with Lahr, which they introduced fifteen years earlier in "DuBarry Was a Lady." Twenty years drops off of her for this one number.

This is very definitely worth seeing at least once, just for Sinatra singing Cole Porter music live, and to see Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman in the kind of Broadway show for which they became famous.

ALSO: Lahr tries to break Merman up onstage. As Reno, she is supposed to marry a Lord Oakleigh. Merman played Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun" eight years earlier. Lahr says, "He just wanted to make sure that you became Annie Oak... uh Lady Oakleigh." She doesn't break.


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