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OK to watch--- without the sound
- el debbo
Mitzi and Donald were terrific dancers ...they were wonderful to watch in this. The sets and costumes are fantastic. The storyline is so boring and contorted it was annoying. JeanMarie leaves me nonplussed; Leslie Caron would have been SO much better. Like flat champagne versus sparkling. And Der Bingle looks a little stressed and winded in the Blow Gabriel number at the end. As I said, it's nice to watch but nevermind the sound.
Given the limited number of Mitzi's musicals, this one deserves the attention. This is not the most authentic setting of Cole Porter tunes. But there they are nonetheless. I enjoyed Bing's relaxed comedy and D.O'C. busts some serious steps.
- Ron Kerrigan
A few of Porter's great songs survive (although "Anything Goes" is terribly set, and "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is unbearable, "Blow, Gabriel Blow" was repetitive and poorly staged), and Gaynor and O"Connor have some nice moments (his bounce routine is sort of clever), but in general this is a regrettable effort. JeanMarie doesn't add anything (and subtracts a lot -- was Leslie Caron unavailable?). Bing is past his peak and seems as bored as I was. A curio for fans of the music score, but someone like that would do better to get a CD of the real Broadway show, preferably with Merman in it.
Thanks TCM for "Anything Goes"
TCM showed Anything Goes tonight for the first time. This is the first time I had ever seen it and the one truly heavenly thing about the movie was Mitzi Gaynor's Dancing first of all then second, her radiant on screen personality. She was such a poised dancer, exquisite in every number she was in. It was impossible to take your eyes off her. To me the single best number was on deck with Donald O'Connor , she in a pink confection and Donald dancing his heart out. The other number I though was great was the split screen with both pairs rehearsing with the life boats above them when the camera pulled back. The color was gorgeous, Edith Head's costumes were superb and as long as they were all dancing it was a fabulous movie. Thanks TCM for always giving us and me especially wonderful surprises. This was definitely a showcase for dance. I noticed Leonard Maltin did not like the movie but surely he loved Miss Gaynor. The camera loved her and what a smile.
- NAT COHEN
A RATHER SO SO MUSICAL. O'CONNOR AND GAYNOR WERE QUITE GOOD. BING WAS A DUD.
What the heck??
How come this one got such bad ratings?I thought it was absolutely brilliant,not just for DOn O'Con.Mitzi Gaynor was lively and bright,Bing sung GREAT,and Jeanmaire knocked 'em dead in her ballet sequence.
Dumb Film, Redeemed by One
- Brent Rohde
There's only one reason to watch Paramount's dumb 1956 musical "Anything Goes": Mitzi Gaynor. Especially in the title-song-and-dance number. She's irresistably sexy, funny, feline: a supremely electrifying beauty, talent, and screen presence. And Miss Gaynor is one of very few film actresses who, wrapped to voluptuous form in a satiny strapless evening gown, can walk across a nightclub floor onscreen and absolutely take my/(your?) breath away. Miss Gaynor's romantic pairing with Donald O'Connor in this film is less than convincing (or welcome). On the other hand, her simpatico sibling pairing with O'Connor in "There's No Business Like Show Business" works tremendously well.