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I Never Forget a Face (1956)

Approved | | Short, Documentary | 28 April 1956 (USA)
This short film takes a look at various famous faces of the 1920s, including political figures, entertainers, writers, adventurers and inventors.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Dwight Weist ...
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Ward Wilson ...
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Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Thomas Edison)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Prince Edward)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Duke of York)
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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 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

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28 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Warner Specials (1955-1956 season) #5: I Never Forget a Face  »

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Al Smith: The name is a kind of a secret. Maybe after I start, some of the folks around my own age will know what the song is; but, you'll all know the chorus. Now, are you ready, professor?
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Al Smith: Oh! the night that I struck New York, I went out for a quiet walk. People that saw me they all would say, It's better by by you go down Broadway. But there was the Bow'ry a blaze with lights; I was out for to see the sights, I had one of the devil's own nights, and I'd never go there any more! The Bow'ry, ...
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Performed by orchestra during opening credits
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OK For History Buffs
29 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I Never Forget a Face (1956)

** (out of 4)

Somehow this later day Warner short picked up an Oscar nomination. What we basically have is Dwight Weist and Ward Wilson narrating a bunch of footage from the 1920s as they explain who the people are that we're looking at. I'm going to guess that the majority of this footage came from either newsreels or some sort of short from that era. We get to see several familiar faces including the likes of the Duke of Windsor, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Al Jolson, William Jennings Bryan, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs and Richard Byrd among many others. I think this short is mainly going to appeal to history buffs who will get a kick out of seeing the famous faces. There's some nice footage from the Rebublic National Convention in 1920 and some very good shots of Roosevelt. The most interesting thing will be for fans of INHERIT THE WIND as we get quite a bit of footage from the actual trial, which allows us to see the real people involved with the historic case. Still, the narration adds very little and this just seems like a cheap way to get a short subject out there just as they were basically dying off.


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