Review: ‘Anything Goes’

Paramount's sock musical package borrows the title and songs from that yesteryear stage hit, Anything Goes. Male topliners Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor go together as though born to give the zip to what scripter Sidney Sheldon has concocted.

Paramount’s sock musical package borrows the title and songs from that yesteryear stage hit, Anything Goes. Male topliners Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor go together as though born to give the zip to what scripter Sidney Sheldon has concocted.

While there are Cole Porter songs and the legit handle is still carried, that’s about all that remains of what went on behind the footlights, and there’s scant resemblance to Paramount’s 1936 film version, in which Crosby also starred with Ethel Merman.

Choice of the two femme stars, Zizi Jeanmaire and Mitzi Gaynor, both leggy and appealing, is a click factor.

Script provides Crosby with plenty of those sotto voce, throwaway cracks he and his fans dote on. Plot, simply, has Crosby and O’Connor agreeing to do a B’way musical together after European vacations. Abroad, each signs a femme star and the remainder concerns fitting the gals in with previous plans.

Jeanmaire has two ballets that are clicks. Gaynor belts the title tune staged by Ernie Platt to score solidly in her solo showcasing.

Anything Goes

Production

Paramount. Director Robert Lewis; Producer Robert Emmett Dolan; Writer Sidney Sheldon; Camera John F. Warren Editor Frank Bracht; Music Cole Porter

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Bing Crosby Donald O'Connor Zizi Jeanmaire Mitzi Gaynor Phil Harris Kurt Kasznar
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