Anything Goes Overview:

Anything Goes (1936) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Benjamin Glazer.


In this Cole Porter musical, good-natured Billy mistakenly thinks that a woman is being kidnapped. He follows her and her kidnappers onto an ocean liner, pretending to be a mobster in order to see her. Billy learns that Hope is actually an heiress who has run away from all her family, and the two instantly fall in love. She breaks things off, however, when she thinks Billy is really a gangster.

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By Vanessa Buttino on Oct 7, 2013 From Stardust

Anything goes in pre-codes! Chester Morris & Jean Harlow heat up the screen in Red Headed Woman (1932) Today's lesson: things I've learned from watching pre-codes! This should be fun ... Pre-codes are those snazzy, zippy pictures you're always hearing about: films that were released i... Read full article

Anything Goes (1956)

on Aug 11, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

I haven’t seen Anything Goes performed on-stage, but I was aware of the differences between this film and its staged production (as well as the 1936 adaptation of the play).? In my research I discovered that the only similarities are the title, and its setting on a cruise ship.? The lack of co... Read full article

Anything Goes

By RBuccicone on Dec 20, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

Anything Goes (1956) ???? I have been wanting for some time to see any version of Anything Goes I can manage to because I am such a big Cole Porter fan. The version I found is one of three featuring Bing Crosby in a lead part. He starred in the Broadway play, a 1936 version and this one, which has a... Read full article

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Quotes from

[first lines]
Reno Sweeney: [singing] In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something shocking, / Now, Heaven knows, / Anything goes!
[as she sings the words "anything goes", the title of the film appears onscreen]

Reno Sweeney: [angrily, to Billy] You never even laid a hand on me, and I'm not used to a man treating me like that!

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Facts about

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
Ethel Merman later starred in a TV production of "Anything Goes" with Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr telecast live on Feb. 28, 1954: Anything Goes.
The original Broadway stage production of "Anything Goes" opened at the Alvin Theater in New York City on November 21, 1934 starring Ethel Merman and ran for 420 performances.
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