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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 ... 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debuts of Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley, and Carol Lawrence. 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

Referenced in Tea with the Dames (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Simple Thing
Music by Arthur Siegel
Lyrics by June Carroll
Sung by Rosemary O'Reilly, Robert Clary and Eartha Kitt
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okay summerstock show, but we get to see some "new faces"
15 July 2011 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

The film opens with "Lebeau" from Hogan's Heroes (Robert Clary) running around for some reason, we're not quite sure, since the sound is so bad, although that might just be the copy I got from Amazon. Who knew he started out as a professional singer…? We see a very young Alice Ghostly and Eartha Kitt when they show the faces of the performers to come. June Carroll (the producer's sister…) sings Penny Candy, Alice Ghostly , who we all know from Bewitched, sings, and actually has a hell of a voice! And WHAT is with that dress on Virginia Wilson, who keeps popping in to introduce the next number? It looks like her top is about to drop down on a trap door.

A lot of this is very "okay"… many of the performers do their bits in a very serious manner, without expression or any emotion, so some of it is almost painful to get through. Clary, the "emcee" does several numbers, and E. Kitt does a naughty version of Santa Baby. Paul Lynde performs in a couple good "bits", but they would have been funnier if they had ended on a funny line about halfway through. The best number was the Lizzie Borden number "You can't chop your papa up in… Massachusetts" – some clever stuff. There's a very thin plot line…someone's father keeps promising to pay someone some money or something, but that very thin plot line seems to have been tacked on later. Interesting to see all these young actors before they hit the bigtime, but I'm glad I didn't pay to see this one in a theater.


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