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New Faces (1954)

 |  Comedy, Musical  |  1954 (USA)
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A filmed performance (in CinemaScope) of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a flimsy plot to meld them all ... See full summary »

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A filmed performance (in CinemaScope) of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a flimsy plot to meld them all together which, for the most part, worked. The plot involves a performer/producer (Ronny Graham)who finds himself in financial difficulties on the eve of opening night because a big check is needed before the curtain can go up. But a wealthy Texan says he will put up the money, if his daughter is in the show and he can see it first. End of plot, but the beginning of the careers of some young and talented people who have had careers across many decades. Ertha Kitt sings four songs, including "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby" in and around some funny skits; "Trip of the Month", "Snake Charmer", "Crazy Man" and "Oedipus Goes South." Graham and Mel Brooks (in his Melvin Brooks days)are credited with most of the sketch material and just the title of the "Oedipus" bit suggests Brooks. There is a burlesque of "... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A front row seat for the FIRST musical revue in CInemaScope with STEREOPHONIC SOUND.

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The Broadway production of "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952" opened at the Royale Theater on May 16, 1952 and ran for 365 performances. June Carroll, Allen Conroy, Alice Ghostley, Ronny Graham, Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Carol Lawrence, Bill Mullikin, Rosemary O'Reilly and Jimmy Russell recreated their Broadway roles in the film. See more »

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During Eartha Kitt's performance of "Monotonous," Ms. Kitt's audio sounds as if the microphone was switched off or located far away from the stage. See more »

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Featured in It's Black Entertainment (2002) See more »

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Penny Candy
Music by Arthur Siegel
Lyrics by June Carroll
Sung by June Carroll and Company
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Be very grateful for Eartha Kitt
4 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's no wonder she was called "the most exciting woman in the world"-- she's certainly the most exciting person in this revue! As others have said, Alice Ghostley also shines and Paul Lynde has a couple of good moments; but the rest of the cast is either mediocre or downright awful, especially Clary and Graham. A big part of the problem is the dearth of good songs; most are forgettable or worse. The choreography is uninspired too, although the vaguely Latin number with Carol Lawrence is pretty good. I usually enjoy shows like this, so I was surprised as well as disappointed. How this became a big Broadway hit is a mystery.


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