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I Never Forget a Face (1956)

A look at various famous figures in the 1920s, including political figures, entertainers, writers, adventurers and inventors, beginning with the 1920 presidential campaign and including various newsmakers.


Robert Youngson (uncredited)


Robert Youngson
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwight Weist Dwight Weist ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Ward Wilson Ward Wilson ... Himself - 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)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Al Jolson ... 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, being honored by Native Americans; 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 Scopes "monkey trial" that pitted Clarence Darrow against Bryan; Richard Byrd as he trained for his flight over the North Pole; George Bernard Shaw on a visit to America; and finally Al Smith in his 1928 presidential campaign. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

28 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Narrator: The sudden death of Warren Harding brought Calvin Coolidge to the Presidency. A man of frugal habits and integrity and dry wit, Coolidge believed that the best government is the least government. Though he looked equally ill at ease in high hat or overalls, he became, up to his time, the most photographed of Presidents. And he became one of the most popular, despite a famed humorous remark that he'd probably been weaned on a pickle.
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The narrators identify the remaining credited cast members. See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »


The Bowery
Music by Percy Gaunt
Lyrics by Charles Hale Hoyt
Performed by Alfred E. Smith
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OK For History Buffs
29 March 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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