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New Faces Widescreen Edition (1954)

Eartha Kitt , Ronny Graham , Harry Horner , John Beal  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eartha Kitt, Ronny Graham, Robert Clary, Alice Ghostley
  • Directors: Harry Horner, John Beal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043GAT5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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New Faces was a musical revue with songs and comedy skits tied together by a quirky plot. It ran on Broadway for nearly a year in 1952 and was then made into a motion picture in 1954. It helped jump start the careers of several young performers including Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley, Eartha Kitt, Carol Lawrence, performer/writer Mel Brooks (as Melvin Brooks), and lyricist Sheldon Harnick. The film was basically a reproduction of the stage revue with a thin plot added. The plot involved a producer and performer (Ronny Graham) in financial trouble and is trying to stave off an angry creditor long enough to open his show. A wealthy Texan offers to help out, on the condition that his daughter be in the show. Product Details: DVD9; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT - 98 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 2.55:1; Year - 1954; SRP - $14.99

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasurable Artifact Of Broadway In A Poor DVD Transfer February 25, 2006
Format:DVD
Once upon a time on Broadway, long, long ago, a strange thing would periodically appear. It was sophisticated, clever, topical, with sketches and songs written and performed by some very talented people. It was called a review, and the form died out years ago. New Faces is the filmed record, with a wisp of a story line grafted on for movie goers, of a review that appeared nearly 55 years ago...New Faces of 1952. Most of the writers and artists now are either dead or retired, but New Faces made star careers for many of them.

There were four key players. Ronnie Graham, with a pal named Melvin Brooks, wrote most of the sketches, several of the songs and was the lead comic actor in the show. He went on to a successful writing career in Hollywood, often working with Mel Brooks. Eartha Kitt became a sensation with her performance in New Faces of 1952. In this film she's given three additional songs which hit the charts for her after she left the Broadway show, C'est Si Bon, Santa Baby and Uskadara, as well as Monotonous. If you want to see the young Eartha Kitt at the height of her aggressive seductiveness, this is the time. Alice Ghostley was a comedienne with a distinctive style who also sang. She went on to more Broadway and then to TV. Robert Clary was a diminutive Frenchman with a big voice who parlayed New Faces into a successful nightclub and concert career in France and the U.S. Beautiful women loved to cuddle him. He sings Lucky Pierre, I'm in Love with Miss Logan and shares Love Is a Simple Thing with Kitt. Also prominent in the cast were Paul Lynde, who was first noticed here; Carol Lawrence, who was one of the dancers; and June Carroll, who wrote very good songs and knew how to sing them.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Faces of 1952 May 12, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of my favourite films, it was lifted directly from the Broadway smash hit. I've waited long years for its release. An early Cinemeascope film, it exploited the increased width of field best seen in the full cast production numbers. This show launched several careers. Robert Clary went on principally to Hogan's Heroes. Ronny Graham appeared in several TV sitcoms and Mel Brooks movies. (Mel was a co-writer of the sketches in this show.) Paul Lynde made several comedy appearances as well as TV sitcoms and his own TV show. Alice Ghostley also went into TV sitcoms and movies, most notably "Grease". One of the revue's songs, "Guess who I saw today?", was delivered in a deadpan fashion but was to be picked up years later by Nancy Wilson who turned it into a stunning torch song. For me the star of the show was the then newly-discovered Eartha Kitt. She sings "Santa Baby", "Uska Dara", "C'est si bon" and the showstopper "Monotonous" which shows us why Orson Welles labelled her the sexiest woman on the planet. This DVD has been lifted directly from a mediocre film print with patchy colour, splices and some image and sound damage. Still, for me, better than no release at all.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Based on the Leonard Sillman Broadway show of the same name, this film showcases the talents of many new players who would go on to become household names. The excuse for bringing them all together was a show in financial shambles that keeps going by featuring the daughter of a wealthy potential backer. She is painfully bad in her brief appearances between numbers. There are lavish production numbers and we are introduced to Robert Cleary, Carol Lawrence, and Eartha Kitt for the first time. But it is the comedy sketches written by Ronny Grahman and Mel Brooks that make this worth seeing. Ronny does a marvelous satire of Truman Capote at a time when no one knew of him. Paul Lynde and Alice Ghostley are the parents in a take-off of Death of a Salesman with Ronny taking the Biff part. The twist is that Willie Loman is actually a failed second story burglar who wants his son to adopt a life of crime but the son is a straight arrow type. Very Funny. One of Lynde's best bits is as an African explorer doing a slide show about his most recent disaster of a trip. Robert Cleary sparkles in several numbers, Eartha Kitt is at her sensual best, and June Carroll sings "Guess Who I Saw Today". In total it lacks momentum but a good fast forward will get you to some great bits.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New Faces February 26, 2006
Format:DVD
If, like me, you were hankering for this classic Broadway show-movie to reappear on DVD, then you may, also like me, weep at the poor quality of the transfer. It looks like one of those blurry out-of-focus old prints made from a TV broadcast: the colour is dreadful, the sound likewise, and the 'DIGITALLY RESTORED' on the front cover is a poor joke. Sure, it's cheap, and as a souvenier of a great show, it may be the best we're likely to see on DVD. Would that this had not been so. Sadly, only for The Desperate To Have ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Musical Numbers February 13, 2011
Format:DVD
NEW FACES is not really a "movie".

Although it did play in theaters back in 1954, the picture is more of a filmed record of NEW FACES OF 1952, the hit Broadway revue from which it's adapted. The film's producers have added a slight framing story, but what is on the screen is, essentially, a series of musical numbers and skits strung together, performed by the original cast.

What made this stage production so memorable is that it was the vehicle that launched the careers of such stellar talents as Eartha Kitt, Robert Clary, Paul Lynde, Carol Lawrence, Alice Ghostley and Ronny Graham, as well as Mel Brooks, who wrote several of the skits.

Frankly, with the exception of a sketch inspired by DEATH OF A SALESMAN that features Paul Lynde as a "Willy Loman" who makes his living as a pick-pocket, time has not been kind to the comedy skits in NEW FACES. What might have been funny back in 1954 falls flat today.

On the other hand, most of the musical numbers are still delightful, particularly "Santa Baby" and "Monotonous," performed by the sultry Ms. Kitt, "I'm in Love with Miss Logan" (Clary), "Penny Candy" (June Carroll) and the melodic "Love Is a Simple Thing" (Carroll, Clary and Kitt). However, my personal favorite is "Lizzie Borden," performed by most of the cast. It's a tune that I find myself often humming to myself.

This new widescreen version of NEW FACES from VCI Entertainment has been digitally remastered and is the best available on DVD.

© Michael B. Druxman
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Sound Track Is Very Poor
I saw the original New Faces many years ago and it was great.

This version has poor editing and a bad sound track. I did not watch it to the end.....That bad
Published 4 months ago by P.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars trip to the past
I saw this as a kid in a trip to new York and for years to come, these actors which were previewed before achieving success, one by one became stars. Read more
Published 4 months ago by edwin satter
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW FACES
Of course, Eartha was the only reason to watch! Cheesy performances just waiting on the 'toast'; She was beyond Purrrr-fect!!
Published 5 months ago by carlene fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Still unique and fresh after sixty years
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I give this revue five stars despite the poor quality of the recording. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Jazz De Cou
3.0 out of 5 stars "New Faces" made stars out of many in this film (and acclaimed NYC...
The show made stars out of many of these "new faces" back in the early '50's. It's fun to watch... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stevie B.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Musical Review ill-treated
This is an imperfect reproduction of an imperfect film of an almost perfect musical review. New Faces of 1952 was a masterful collection of music and comedy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen J. Teller
4.0 out of 5 stars Tis pity the video quality is crap
The content of this production includes some wonderful performances. The vision of early Eartha Kitt is particularly mesmerizing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Larry E. Stapleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories!
60 years on, it's nice to see once again a sensuous Eartha Kitt, an early Paul Lynde, and the delightful Alice Ghostly.
Published 13 months ago by DWH
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious with a few HiLites
A classic and iconic movie that may have been New in 1954, but it is tedious now. The highlights are the Eartha Kitt and Lizzy Borden segments. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JDairo
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing transfer of film.
VCI's release is the best looking this film has ever been on DVD. However, released in widescreen the print is not anamorphic, so the image is on the small side looking more like a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bob Berg
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