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|Directed by||Harry Horner|
John Beal (sketches)
Eugene Anderson, Jr. (assi)
|Produced by||Edward L. Alperson|
Berman Swarttz (co)
Leonard Sillman (Associate)
|Written by||Ronny Graham|
Paul Lynde (additional)
Luther Davis (additional)
John Cleveland (additional)
|Music by||Raoul Kraushaar|
|Edited by||Ace Herman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|19 February 1954|
98-99 minutes (USA)
New Faces is a 1954 American film adaptation of the musical revue New Faces of 1952 directed by Harry Horner with sketches directed by John Beal. Filmed in Cinemascope and Eastmancolor it was released by 20th Century Fox on March 6, 1954.
The film is sometimes referred to as New Faces of 1952, from the original Broadway show's title.
The film was essentially a reproduction of the stage revue with a thin plot added. This involved a producer and performer (Ronny Graham) in financial trouble on opening night. A wealthy Texan, whose daughter is in the show, offers to help out on the condition that he finds the show to be of high-enough quality and commercial potential to warrant the investment. Meanwhile, Graham locks a bill collector in a dressing room until the show is finished and he can collect the money. If the Texan performer's father is not impressed with her talent, she will be expected to return to Texas rather than pursuing her show-business career. Her attempts to impress onstage are hampered by the fact that her signature song is repeatedly cut short so that she can introduce the next act. But at the end of the show, the backer is duly impressed and his daughter not only has her talent validated, but announces that she will be marrying the other cast member with whom she's in love.
Ronny Graham, Eartha Kitt, Robert Clary, Alice Ghostley, June Carroll, Virginia De Luce, Carol Lawrence, Patricia Hammerlee, Paul Lynde, and Bill Millikin reprised their stage roles.
The sketches include Lynde's famous "Trip of the Month" monologue, and a Death of a Salesman parody with Graham, Lynde and Ghostley, written by Brooks, who is billed in the credits as "Melvin." In a March 2012 appearance at the American Cinematheque, Brooks said the sketch was originally written for another revue, "Curtain Going Up," but that the show closed during its try-out in Philadelphia. However, Silliman had seen the show and asked him if he could import the sketch for "New Faces." Brooks readily agreed and thanked him for "saving my Broadway career." He added that Arthur Miller came to a performance and afterwards sent him a note which read, "I am not upset. But I should be."
- Under-billed cast
- June Carroll as Herself
- Virginia de Luce as Virginia de Luce Clayborn
- Paul Lynde as Himself
- Bill Mullikin as Himself
- Rosemary O'Reilly as Herself
- Allen Conroy as Herself
- Jimmy Russell as Himself
- George Smiley as Himself
- Polly Ward as Herself
- Carol Lawrence as Herself
- Johnny Laverty as Himself
- Elizabeth Logue as Herself
- Faith Burwell as Herself
- Clark Ranger as Himself
- Henry Kulky as Mr. Dee
- Charles Watts as Mr. Clayborn
The song order was changed and expanded and some songs were omitted, or had their lyrics updated. The song "Natty Puts her Hair Up" was omitted; however, an abridged version was used as an instrumental in a dance routine. The song "Don't Fall Asleep" was omitted. The song "Love is a Simple thing" omitted the final verse, that being the Charles Addams character verse, because it was too outdated. Also, an extra verse was added to "Lizzie Borden". Some of the lines in "Monotonous" were replaced and updated, omitting the line "Ike Likes Me", and being replaced with writing the "Dragnet" theme instead.
|"Opening"||Company||Ronny Graham||Peter DeVries|
|"C'est si bon"||Eartha Kitt||Henri Betti||André Hornez, Jerry Seelen|
|"He Takes Me off His Income Tax"||Virginia Wilson||Arthur Siegel||June Carroll|
|"Lucky Pierre"||Robert Clary, Carol Lawrence, Virginia Wilson, Patricia Hammerlee, and Bill Mullikin||Ronny Graham|
|"Penny Candy"||June Carroll and Company||Arthur Siegel||June Carroll|
|"Boston Beguine"||Alice Ghostley||Sheldon Harnick|
|"Love Is a Simple Thing"||Rosemary O'Reilly, Robert Clary, and Eartha Kitt||Arthur Siegel||June Carroll|
|"Time for Tea"||June Carroll and Alice Ghostley|
|"Alouette"||Robert Clary, Carol Lawrence, Virginia Wilson, and Patricia Hammerlee||Traditional|
|"Santa Baby"||Eartha Kitt||Philip Springer||Joan Javits, Tony Springer|
|"Waltzing in Venice" /
"Take off the Mask"
|Ronny Graham and Alice Ghostley||Ronny Graham|
|"Raining Memories"||Robert Clary|
|"Uska Dara"||Eartha Kitt||Traditional|
|"I'm in Love with Miss Logan"||Robert Clary||Ronny Graham|
|"Lizzie Borden"||Company||Michael Brown|
|"Bal, petit bal"||Eartha Kitt and Robert Clary||Francis Lemarque|
|"Monotonous"||Eartha Kitt||Arthur Siegel||June Carroll|
|"Crazy, Man!"||Unclear||Ronny Graham||Lynde|
|"Convention Bound"||Unclear||Ronny Graham|
Eartha Kitt Sings Songs from "New Faces" (EP)
Full title Eartha Kitt Sings Songs from the Edward L. Alperson CinemaScope Production of Leonard Sillman's "New Faces", this was a 45 speed 7" extended play released around 1954 to market on the commercial success of the film's star, Eartha Kitt, after the film's release. The extended play was released by RCA Victor with the catalog number EPA-557. It was later issued in the United Kingdom in 1956, and in Germany perhaps around 1960.
|1.||"C'est si bon"||Henri René||2:59|
|2.||"Monotonous" (from the musical revue "Leonard Sillman's New Faces Of 1952")||Anton Coppola||3:48|
|1.||"Uska Dara" (A Turkish Tale)||Traditional||Henri René||3:11|
|2.||"Santa Baby"||Henri René||2:52|
|United States||1954||7" Vinyl||RCA Victor||EPA 557|||
|Australia||195?||RCA Australia, J. Albert & Son||20001|||
|Germany||1960||RCA, Kapp||EPA-557|||
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