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New Faces (aka 'New Faces of 1952') (Widescreen 1954)

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. Ertha Kitt sings four songs, including "C'est Si Bon" 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 "Oedipus" bit suggests Brooks. There is a burlesque of "Death of a Salesman", which was probably the easiest to write of all. It also appears that when Brooks later did "The Producers", he hadn't forgotten everything about "New Faces." Written by Les Adams


New Faces is a 1954 American film adaptation of the musical revue New Faces of 1952 directed by Harry Horner and sketches directed by John Beal (actor). Filmed in Cinemascope and Eastmancolor it was released by Twentieth Century Fox on March 6, 1954.
The film is sometimes erred to as New Faces of 1952 due to the original Broadway show's title.

Plot summary


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.< name="tcm"></>

Background

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."

Cast

;Starring
  • Ronny Graham as Himself
  • Eartha Kitt as Herself
  • Robert Clary as Himself
  • Alice Ghostley as Herself
;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< name="tcm"/>

Soundtrack

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, 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.
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders"
|-
!scope="col"|Song
!scope="col"|Performer(s)
!scope="col"|Composer(s)
!scope="col"|Lyricist(s)
|-
!scope="row"|"Opening"
|Company
|Ronny Graham
|Peter DeVries
|-
!scope="row"|"C'est si bon"
|Eartha Kitt
|Henri Betti
|André Hornez
|-
!scope="row"|"He Takes Me off His Income Tax"
|Virginia Wilson
|Arthur Siegel
|June Carroll
|-
!scope="row"|"Lucky Pierre"
|Robert Clary, Carol Lawrence, Virginia Wilson, Patricia Hammerlee, and Bill Mullikin
| colspan=2 |Ronny Graham
|-
!scope="row"|"Penny Candy"
|June Carroll and Company
|Arthur Siegel
|June Carroll
|-
!scope="row"|"Boston Beguine"
|Alice Ghostley
| colspan=2 |Sheldon Harnick
|-
!scope="row"|"Love Is a Simple Thing"
|Rosemary O'Reilly, Robert Clary, and Eartha Kitt
| rowspan=2 |Arthur Siegel
| rowspan=2 |June Carroll
|-
!scope="row"|"Time for Tea"
|June Carroll and Alice Ghostley
|-
!scope="row"|"Alouette (song)"
|Robert Clary, Carol Lawrence, Virginia Wilson, and Patricia Hammerlee
| colspan=2 |Traditional
|-
!scope="row"|"Santa Baby"
|Eartha Kitt
|Philip Springer
|Joan Javits, Tony Springer
|-
!scope="row"|"Waltzing in Venice" /<br>"Take off the Mask"
|Ronny Graham and Alice Ghostley
| colspan=2 rowspan=2 |Ronny Graham
|-
!scope="row"|"Raining Memories"
|Robert Clary
|-
!scope="row"|"Uska Dara"
|Eartha Kitt
| colspan=2 |Traditional
|-
!scope="row"|"I'm in Love with Miss Logan"
|Robert Clary
| colspan=2 |Ronny Graham
|-
!scope="row"|"Lizzie Borden"
|Company
| colspan=2 |Michael Brown
|-
!scope="row"|"Bal, petit bal"
|Eartha Kitt and Robert Clary
| colspan=2 |Francis Lemarque
|-
!scope="row"|"Monotonous (song)"
|Eartha Kitt
|Arthur Siegel
|June Carroll
|-
!scope="row"|Closing/Encore
|Company
|Unknown
|Unknown
|-
!scope="row"|"Crazy, Man!"
|Unclear
|Ronny Graham
|Lynde
|-
!scope="row"|"Convention Bound"
|Unclear
| colspan=2 |Ronny Graham
|-
|}


Category:1954 films
Category:American films
Category:1950s musical films
Category:1950s comedy films
Category:English-language films
Category:20th Century Fox films
Category:Films based on musicals

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