Anything Goes

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  • NR
  • 1956
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 6.2  (519)

Anything Goes is a 1936 American romantic comedy musical film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, and Charles Ruggles. The film is based on the 1934 Broadway musical of the same name by Cole Porter. The story follows Billy Crocker (Bing Crosby), a young man who stows away on a ship to reunite with his wealthy girlfriend Hope Harcourt (Irene Dunne). Hope is engaged to the wealthy and snobbish Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Charles Ruggles), but Billy is determined to win her back. Along the way, he enlists the help of his friend, the nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (Ethel Merman), who also happens to have her sights set on Lord Evelyn.

The film features several memorable musical numbers, including the title song "Anything Goes" performed by Ethel Merman, and "You're the Top" performed by Bing Crosby and Mary Martin. The film also features a romantic subplot between two crew members, played by Ida Lupino and Arthur Treacher.

One of the highlights of the film is the chemistry between Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman. Their duet of "You're the Top" is a standout moment in the film, and their banter and playful rivalry throughout the movie is both humorous and endearing. The two actors would go on to work together again in the 1956 film High Society.

Charles Ruggles also delivers a standout comedic performance as Lord Evelyn. His portrayal of the bumbling, out-of-touch aristocrat provides much of the film's humor, and his interactions with Billy, Reno, and Hope are a delight to watch.

The film's production design is also noteworthy, with elaborate sets and costumes that capture the glamour and excess of the era. The shipboard scenes, in particular, are beautifully choreographed and photographed, and the climactic scene set in a crowded New York City nightclub is a visual feast.

Overall, Anything Goes is a delightful, toe-tapping musical comedy that showcases the talents of its talented cast and crew. With catchy tunes, witty dialogue, and charming performances, it is a classic example of the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals.

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    6.2  (519)