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Sincerely Yours(1955)

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New York Times and Hollywood Reporter reviews describe Sincerely Yours as a recreation of Liberace's concert performances and a remake of Warner Bros.' 1932 film The Man Who Played God (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), which was also based on the Jules Eckert Goodman play. Although their appearance in the film has not been confirmed, Hollywood Reporter news items add the following actors to the cast: Doyle Brooks, Emmett Cody, Louise Lane, Jodi Kelley, John Graas, Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Fiuffre, Bud Shank, Marty Paich, Gene Gammage, Bob Manners and Michael Vallon.
       Despite the film's generally favorable reviews and the popularity of Liberace's television show, which ran from 1952 through 1955, Sincerely Yours was unsuccessful at the box office. As an explanation, a December 1955 Hollywood Reporter article speculated that Liberace's television fans were used to seeing him for free and a Los Angeles Mirror article suggested that his fans, mostly middle-aged and older women, were not part of the younger, movie-going crowd. Although the Hollywood Citizen-News review reported that Sincerely Yours marked Liberace's acting debut, he had previously appeared in two other films, the 1950 Universal production South Sea Sinner as a maestro and RKO's 1951 production Footlight Varieties as himself. For information about other films based on the Goodman play see the entry for The Man Who Played God, in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.