Cole Porter’s lyrics, which were the essence and chief asset of the original  stage Anything Goes, have been replaced by plot motion in this adaptation. Of the Porter poetical sleight-of-hand which listened so well on Broadway for a couple of seasons, only ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ and ‘You re the Top’ are used. The title song is in also, but just for thematic and strictly instrumental use. There are four new numbers, of which My Heart and I, ‘Sailor Beware’ and ‘Moonburn’ are the most likely.
Ethel Merman comes from the original cast and her job in the picture equals her job in the stage version, which means aces. But Charlie Ruggles as the gag gangster is miscast. His delivery is too vigorous for the sap character, and the role calls for low comeding, which is out of Ruggles line.
With the story opening in a cabaret and finishing in a production scene, with most of the bulk in between taking place on a big ocean liner, the production is lavish, and logical most of the time. Only in the closing flash does it go beyond credibility. This occurs on the ‘dock’ at Southampton, upon the boat landing on the other side.
Crosby is fine singing Sailor Beware alone. And he’s also there when it comes to getting his quota of laughs.