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New Faces (1954)

PG | | Comedy , Musical | 1954 (USA)
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 »

Directors:

Harry Horner, John Beal

Writers:

Ronny Graham (sketches mostly by), Mel Brooks (sketches mostly by) (as Melvin Brooks) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronny Graham Ronny Graham ... Himself
Eartha Kitt ... Herself
Robert Clary ... Himself
Alice Ghostley ... Herself
June Carroll June Carroll ... Herself
Virginia Wilson Virginia Wilson ... Virginia de Luce Clayborn (as Virginia De Luce)
Paul Lynde ... Himself
Bill Mullikin Bill Mullikin ... Himself
Rosemary O'Reilly Rosemary O'Reilly ... Herself
Allen Conroy Allen Conroy ... Herself
Jimmy Russell Jimmy Russell ... Himself
George Smiley George Smiley ... Himself
Polly Ward Polly Ward ... Herself
Carol Lawrence ... Herself
Johnny Laverty Johnny Laverty ... Himself
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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. Eartha Kitt sings four songs, including "C'est si bon" (music by Henri Betti, lyrics by André Hornez) 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 "... 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leonard Sillman's New Faces See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first American film that is sung the French song "C'est si bon" which was written in 1947 by Henri Betti (music) and André Hornez (lyrics). The English lyrics were written in 1950 by Jerry Seelen for the recording of Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

A few minutes into the film, the performers are identified during the opening number. At the end of the film, the performers are again identified during the closing number, after which the rest of the crew are finally listed. See more »

Connections

Featured in Unzipped (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Raining Memories
Music and Lyrics by Ronny Graham
Sung by Robert Clary
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Before they were famous
17 August 2006 | by sacca79See all my reviews

On the whole, I found the film disjointed and silly, BUT I'm giving it a high rating because it was so much fun to see the likes of Alice Ghostly, Paul Lynde and Eartha Kitt as young performers.

I never knew Ghostly had an actual, excellent singing voice! Always the comic, she also shines vocally in her rendition of "In Boston".

Later, Lynde and Ghostly play the parents of a disappointing son in a sketch that, while amusing, reveals one of the drawbacks of going from stage to film without coaching -- they shout as if they need to work to be heard in the back row. This is an interesting bit of history to be shared with young people today who primarily observe performers fully wired for sound.

For me, the best parts of the film were the several appearances by Eartha Kitt doing her unique and delicious vamping at a time most of us think of as uptight and way too tame. There is nothing uptight or tame about Kitt's performances here! They alone are worth the price of the DVD.


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