New Faces: Widescreen Edition
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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.
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I give this revue five stars despite the poor quality of the recording.
Can't someone please produce a better recording? Despite being
an uneven show, this revue has some brilliant numbers and some
brilliant performances. Perhaps most importantly it is a major "cul-
tural artifact." What would American history have been with-
out Eartha Kitt? And who will forget Robert Clary singing "Lucky
The show abounds in material that by today's standards is "poli-
tically incorrect,' but that is arguably a justification for classifying
it as a "cultural artifact," a document that helps us understand
how different we were.
On the other hand many of the songs and skits are just as fresh
as they when first introduced so many decades ago.
That's the stunning thing about "New Faces," how it still projects
uniqueness and newness because of the material and because
of fine performances.
The quality of the recording is imperfect but I am glad to have it
rather than nothing.
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