New Faces

New Faces

Ronny Graham
Director: Harry Horner Cast: Ronny Graham
Ronny Graham
, Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
, Robert Clary
Robert Clary
Harry Horner

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Overview

Producer Leonard Sillman's 1952 edition of his popular Broadway revue New Faces was filmed just as it was staged, save for a wraparound fictional romantic story. The newly grafted plotline involves the efforts of director Ronny Graham to stave off an angry creditor long enough to open his show. We occasionally cut away to the backstage intrigues, but never long enough to take anything away from Sillman's talented cast of newcomers. The cast includes Eartha Kitt, singing such standards-to-be as "C'est Ci Bon" and "Monotonous"; Robert Clary, doing a medley of his hit "I'm in Love With Miss Logan"; Alice Ghostley, belting forth a brace of satirical torch songs; Paul Lynde (heavier than we're used to seeing him), offering his "safari" monologue and later participating in a screamingly funny Death of a Salesman takeoff; and Ronny Graham, performing an extended lampoon of either Tennessee Williams or Truman Capote (we aren't too sure; judge for yourself). Carol Lawrence also makes her first film appearance herein. The Broadway production's biggest song hit, "Love Is a Simple Thing," is sung and danced to the oversaturation point. Among the many writers was a young fellow by the name of Melvin Brooks (that's how he's billed). Its production flaws and budget shortcomings notwithstanding, the widescreen, full-color New Faces offers a rare opportunity for a 1990s audience to see what a '50s-style musical revue really looked like to the opening-night crowd.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2018
UPC: 0889290261533
Original Release: 1954
Source: Film Detective
Sales rank: 32,318

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronny Graham Actor
Eartha Kitt Actor
Robert Clary Actor
Alice Ghostley Actor
June Carroll Actor
Carol Lawrence Actor
Paul Lynde Actor
Bill Mullikin Actor
Polly Ward Actor
Elisabeth Logue Actor
Faith Burwell Actor

Technical Credits
Harry Horner Director
Edward L. Alperson Producer
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Melvin Brooks Screenwriter
John Cleveland Screenwriter
Luther Davis Screenwriter
Ronny Graham Screenwriter
Paul Lynde Screenwriter
Berman Swarttz Producer

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