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Anything Goes (1936)




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Anything Goes is a fun-filled but hardly faithful adaptation of the same-named Cole Porter Broadway musical, with additional songs by Hoagy Carmichael, among many many others. Set on a luxury liner, the story gets under way when Moonface Mullins (Charlie Ruggles), Public Enemy No. 13, slips on board disguised as a bishop. As he weaves in and out of the story, Billy Crocker (Bing Crosby) romances Hope Harcourt (Ida Lupino), titled Englishman Evelyn Oakleigh (Arthur Treacher) also pursues Hope, and brassy entertainer Reno Sweeney (Ethel Merman) chases after Sir Evelyn. Critics in 1934 complained that the original Broadway production's Victor Moore was replaced by Charlie Ruggles, but none could fault Ethel Merman's rendition of "I Get a Kick Out of You", nor her duet with Bing Crosby, "You're the Top" (the only two songs retained from the Porter score!) Anything Goes was remade in 1956, again with Bing Crosby, and again with little fidelity to the original (this remake required MCA Television to retitle the 1936 version as Tops is the Limit).


Bing Crosby
as Billy Crocker
Ethel Merman
as Reno Sweeney
Charlie Ruggles
as Reverend Dr. Moon
Ida Lupino
as Hope Harcourt
Grace Bradley
as Bonnie LeTour
Arthur Treacher
as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh
Robert McWade
as Elisha J. Whitney
Richard Carle
as Bishop Dobson
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Wentworth
Edward Gargan
as Pug Ugly
Harry Wilson
as Pug Ugly
Matt McHugh
as Pug Ugly
Budd Fine
as Pug Ugly
Billy Dooley
as Ship's Photographer
Matt Moore
as Ship's Captain
Rolfe Sedan
as Bearded Man
Guy Usher
as G-Man
James Griffith
as Paul Holiday
Phil Harris
as Steve Blair
Zizi Jeanmaire
as Gaby Duvall
Kurt Kasznar
as Victor Lawrence
Keye Luke
as Chinaman
Alma Macrorie
as French Baroness
Dorothy Newmann
as Gerrnan Woman
Donald O'Connor
as Ted Adams
Walter Sande
as Alex Todd
John Carradine
as Ballet master
Jane Wyman
as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for Anything Goes

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

It gets by, but without distinction.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

There are many features in which the stage production was better. However, a picture must be judged as though one had never seen the stage version and, in all fairness, this Is a pleasant film.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It is rapid, hilarious, and competently directed by Lewis Milestone, whose penchant for playing with trick camera angles probably produces more results with less cost in a musical than in any other form of cinematography.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's amusing entertainment if you don't mind the crazy confusion.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Taken item by item, here is the material for a smashing musical. Taken in the mass, the film lacks that final voltage which jerks pleasant entertainment into the records class.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anything Goes

Charming musical with an incredible cast. Everybody's good but Charlie Ruggles stands out.

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