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Movie review: Anything Goes (1956)

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The reel dope: Anything Goes

Anything Goes” is the Cole Porter musical revisited 20 years later by Bing Crosby — this time with Donald O’Connor, Jeanmaire, Mitzi Gaynor, and Phil Harris as traveling companions (many of the scenes take place on an ocean liner). Even with an absolute minimum of plot or emotion these pleasing personalities manage to keep things going till their ship docks.

Once again, you hear “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “All Through the Night,” It’s D’lovely,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” (along with three new songs by Van Heusen and Cahn). Newly added are Jeanmaire in a dream ballet and O’Connor in one of his usual clever dance specialties.

The word for this “Anything Goes” is “nice.”

In Technicolor and VistaVision. (Paramount)

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