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I Never Forget a Face (1956)

A look at various famous figures in the 1920s, including political figures, entertainers, writers, adventurers and inventors, beginning with the 1920 presidential campaign and including various newsmakers.


Robert Youngson (uncredited)


Robert Youngson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwight Weist ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Ward Wilson Ward Wilson ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Hiram Johnson ... Self (archive footage)
Warren G. Harding ... Self (archive footage)
William Jennings Bryan ... Self (archive footage)
James M. Cox ... Self (archive footage)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Al Jolson ... Self (archive footage)
Henry Ford ... Self (archive footage)
Thomas A. Edison ... Self (archive footage) (as Thomas Edison)
John Burroughs ... Self (archive footage)
Harvey Firestone ... Self (archive footage)
Calvin Coolidge ... Self (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor ... Self (archive footage) (as Prince Edward)
King George VI ... Self (archive footage) (as Duke of York)


This Warner Bros. vignette features short snippets about well-known people. It includes presidential candidate Warren Harding and his front porch campaign in his home town of Marion, Ohio where Al Jolson sang to the crowd; his successor, Calvin Coolidge, being honored by Native Americans; William Jennings Bryan at the 1920 Democratic convention where FDR was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate; the visit of the Prince of Wales; the so-called Scopes "monkey trial" that pitted Clarence Darrow against Bryan; Richard Byrd as he trained for his flight over the North Pole; George Bernard Shaw on a visit to America; and finally Al Smith in his 1928 presidential campaign. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

28 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warner Specials (1955-1956 season) #5: I Never Forget a Face See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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George Bernard Shaw: Its no good to - in this country - putting questions of national importance to me! I've been here before, I told you what to do and you haven't done it! And you're up to your neck in trouble - in consequence.
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The narrators identify the remaining credited cast members. See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »


The Bowery
Music by Percy Gaunt
Lyrics by Charles Hale Hoyt
Performed by Alfred E. Smith
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What is the theme of this short?
30 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short film was produced and directed by Robert Youngson--a man known later for his film compilations of early comedies. These films (such as "When Comedy Was King" and "The Golden Age of Comedy") discuss the work of the silent comedians of cinema--such as Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy and are good overviews for modern audiences. However, in the case of "I Never Forget a Face", early comedians have nothing to do with the film. Instead, it's a film about the 1920s. However, if I was asked what was the theme of the short, I really couldn't say. Considering that this film is about an entire decade and it's only a short, you'd think it would have a tighter focus...but it didn't. At first, the film seemed to be about the politics of the 1920s--but then it changed focus and discussed elderly inventors and modern aviators. But, nothing was mentioned about life in the 20s--and the film began, oddly, to discuss British leaders--after discussing only Americans for most of the film. I just don't get this. Some interesting old film clips are shown and a bit of 20s history is discussed but there just isn't any coherent message and, as such, there isn't a lot of reason to watch this short.

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