Filmed as part of "The Colgate Comedy Hour," the 53-minute adaptation of Anything Goes marked the television acting debuts of Sinatra and Merman, who were joined by Bert Larh and Sheree North.
Anything Goes aired Feb. 28, 1954. The version that is being released by "The Archive of American Television Presents" is digitally remastered from the original 16mm kinescope of the TV production, which belonged to Merman. A pirated copy of the film had been previously available for sale.
Additional footage on the DVD includes an interview with music director Buddy Bregman. A 20-page booklet of notes, authored by Stephen Cole, is also included.
In addition to creating the role of Reno Sweeney on stage in 1934, Merman also appeared opposite Bing Crosby in the 1936 film version of Anything Goes. A 1956 film of the musical features Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Zizi Jeanmaire and Mitzi Gaynor.
Songs on the television special include "Anything Goes," "You're The Top," "It Was Just One of Those Things" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."
Anything Goes has a score by Porter, with a book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The Roundabout Theatre Company is currently reviving the musical on Broadway, starring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster.