I am still thinking about a good New Year's Eve movie to recommend, but The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) came to mind for some reason. It has nothing at all to do with the holiday, but it's a good movie, and any holiday is reason enough to watch a good movie.
Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004) was given top billing, and he did a stellar, out-of-character job with the part. It is said that many people complained to the theater managers when the movie came out because they thought Brando wasn't in it. In fact he has major screen time throughout the movie, but he is playing a Japanese character.
The other three stars, Paul Ford (1901 - 1976), Glenn Ford (1916 - 2006), and Eddie Albert (1906 - 2005) are all at their best, working together with Brando. None of them stands out over the others, but Glenn Ford and Eddie Albert work particularly well together.
If you haven't seen the film, it is about the American occupation of Japan after WWII, and a team in Okinawa who are supposed to teach democracy. Glenn Ford is sent to a small village and instructed to build a school house (pentagon shaped). When he appears to be cracking up, his superior (Paul Ford) sends in Eddie Albert, a psychologist, to see what can be done. They are both taken in by the villagers, and comedy ensues.
Harry Harvey, Jr. (1929 - 1978). Son of Harry Harvey (1901 - 1985), Harry Jr. was in 89 roles, compared to dad's 419 titles.
Junior's first movie was Tell Your Children (1936), which was re-released as Reefer Madness. He went on to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) starring Danny Kaye, and in 1956 he appears in Forbidden Planet with Robbie the Robot (b. 1955). Then a bunch of TV guest work.
That was fun! Now go see The Teahouse of the August Moon and I am sure you'll agree. If you still need a suggestion for New Year's Eve, please see this New Year's post at MovieFanFare. That's a great blog, too.