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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.


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 ... 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; 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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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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1.37 : 1
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Interviewer: What do you think about the American cameramen?
George Bernard Shaw: I love them. If they only knew how foolish they looked.
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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 »


The Bowery
Music by Percy Gaunt
Lyrics by Charles Hale Hoyt
Performed by Alfred E. Smith
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Some familiar faces
6 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A lot of old newsreels were combed to make this nostalgic short subject from 1956. It got an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject.

A whole lot of political and other kind of celebrities from the 20s who many even in 1956 and more so now are forgotten are recalled in this compilation. With the exception of George Bernard Shaw and Alfred E. Smith they are all recalled with no voices.

The only left alive from the film was a baby who was pictured with her mother and grandmother. Ms. Elizabeth Windsor was carried by her mother who was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons the Dutchess of York. They're both pictured with Queen Mary of Great Britain. All as we know became Queen of Great Britain with the babe now 91 years old and still reigning as same.

George Bernard Shaw gave us some of his Shavian wit, but the one best shown is Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York who was Democratic candidate for president in 1928. During his growing up on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Smith did some amateur theatrics for his church and small theatrical companies before he decided politics would be his field. He looks like he's having a rollicking good time in a rendition of the Bowery.

Always love films like these.

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