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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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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leonard Sillman's New Faces See more »

Company Credits

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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

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

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

Soundtracks

Bal Petit Bal
Music and Lyrics by Francis Lemarque
Sung by Eartha Kitt and Robert Clary
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One of the worst films ever made
25 September 2007 | by execelsiorSee all my reviews

I saw this film in a movie house as a kid and remember thinking that this had to be one of the worst films that I have ever seen. The only 'bits' that I found worthwhile were the 'bits' with Ms Kit. She was remarkable and certainly like nothing that I had seen before. Recently, I found a copy of the film on VHS and bought it for fun - I wanted to see if it was as bad as I remembered. I have been unable to get beyond the first thirty minutes into the film. I can NOT believe revues on stage were ever this bad. The color too is dreadful. This is very sad since the cast included some very talented people.

I have been told, repeatedly, that I can not submit my comment since it does not contain 'at least 10 lines'. Tragically, I have nothing of value to add and so am wasting words here. Let us see if I have now managed to add enough gibberish.


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