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I Never Forget a Face (1956)

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This Warner Bros vignette features short snippets about well known people. It includes presidential candidate Warren Harding and his front porch campaign in his home town of Marion, Ohio ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwight Weist ...
Narrator (voice)
Ward Wilson ...
Narrator (voice)
Hiram Johnson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Warren G. Harding ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Jennings Bryan ...
Himself (archive footage)
James M. Cox ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Himself (archive footage)
Henry Ford ...
Himself (archive footage)
Thomas A. Edison ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Thomas Edison)
John Burroughs ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harvey Firestone ...
Himself (archive footage)
Calvin Coolidge ...
Himself (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Prince Edward)
King George VI ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Duke of York)


This Warner Bros vignette features short snippets about well known people. It includes presidential candidate Warren Harding and his front porch campaign in his home town of Marion, Ohio where Al Jolson sang to the crowd; his successor, Calvin Coolidge; William Jennings Bryan at the 1920 Democratic convention where FDR was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate; the visit of the Prince of Wales; the so-called monkey trial that pitted Clarence Darrow against Bryan; Richard Bird as he trained for his flight over the North Pole; and finally George Bernard Shaw on a visit to America. Written by garykmcd

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Short | Documentary






Release Date:

28 April 1956 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone #2603-A See more »

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In both the opening and closing credits, the capitalization of the title is "I never forget a face". See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Music traditional
Performed by orchestra during opening credits
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What is the theme of this short?
30 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short film was produced and directed by Robert Youngson--a man known later for his film compilations of early comedies. These films (such as "When Comedy Was King" and "The Golden Age of Comedy") discuss the work of the silent comedians of cinema--such as Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy and are good overviews for modern audiences. However, in the case of "I Never Forget a Face", early comedians have nothing to do with the film. Instead, it's a film about the 1920s. However, if I was asked what was the theme of the short, I really couldn't say. Considering that this film is about an entire decade and it's only a short, you'd think it would have a tighter focus...but it didn't. At first, the film seemed to be about the politics of the 1920s--but then it changed focus and discussed elderly inventors and modern aviators. But, nothing was mentioned about life in the 20s--and the film began, oddly, to discuss British leaders--after discussing only Americans for most of the film. I just don't get this. Some interesting old film clips are shown and a bit of 20s history is discussed but there just isn't any coherent message and, as such, there isn't a lot of reason to watch this short.

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