New Faces of 1937

New Faces of 1937

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New Faces of 1937

New Faces of 1937 was supposed to be the vanguard of a series of annual musical comedies -- RKO Radio's latest attempt to revive its long-dormant "Radio City Revels" concept. The plot is based on an old show-business legend, later immortalized in Mel Brooks' The Producers: Crooked Broadway producer Robert Hunt (Jerome Cowan) deliberately produces flops so that he can pocket the backers' money himself. His next sure-fire disaster is a show built around talented unknowns (there actually was such a "New Faces" series on Broadway, yielding such stars-to-be as Imogene Coca and Henry Fonda, but it was produced on the up-and-up). When the show threatens to become a hit, the producer desperately seeks a method to sabotage the production. The various subplots involve such vaudeville and radio comedians as Milton Berle (who performs a side-splitting "stockbroker" sketch with Richard Lane), Joe Penner, Bert "Mad Russian" Gordon and Parkyakarkus (aka Harry Einstein, the father of present-day comedians Bob Einstein and Albert Brooks). Among the New Faces displayed herein are 14-year-old dancer Ann Miller, The Brian Sisters, The Three Choclateers and the Four Playboys. Perhaps the fictional Robert Hunt would have been pleased to find out that New Faces of 1937 was a box-office bomb, precluding any follow-ups.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2015
UPC: 0888574051686
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 48,076

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Penner Seymore Seymore
Milton Berle Wellington Wedge
Parkyakarkus [Harry Einstein] Parky
Harriet Hilliard Particia
Jerome Cowan Robert Hunt
Thelma Leeds Elaine
Tommy Mack Judge Hugo Straight
Lorraine Krueger Suzy
Bert Gordon Count Mischa Moody
Patricia Wilder Hunt's secretary
Richard Lane Broker
Dudley Clements Stage Manager
William Corson Assistant Stage Manager
George Rosener Doorman
Harry Bernard Bridge guard
Dewey Robinson Joe Guzzola
Brian Sisters Actor
Ann Miller Dance Specialty
Four Playboys Actor
Harriett Brandon Actor
Frances Gifford Actor
Betty Johnson Actor
Harry C. Bradley Count Moody's secretary

Technical Credits
Leigh Jason Director
Irving Brecher Screenwriter
Lew Brown Score Composer
Walter Bullock Score Composer
Harry Clark Screenwriter
George Crone Editor
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Sammy Fain Score Composer
Perry Ferguson Art Director
David Freedman Screenwriter
Howard J. Green Screenwriter
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
Harold Kusell Screenwriter
Sammy Lee Choreography
Nat Perrin Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Ben Pollack Score Composer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Small Producer
Harold Spina Score Composer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Musical Direction/Supervision

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