The Paleface

The Paleface

Bob Hope
Director: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Bob Hope
Bob Hope
, Jane Russell
Jane Russell
, Robert Armstrong
Robert Armstrong
Norman Z. McLeod

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Overview

Bob Hope's Technicolor western spoof The Paleface was one of the comedian's biggest box-office hits. Hope plays Painless Potter, a hopelessly inept dentist who heads west to seek his fortune. Meanwhile, buxom female outlaw Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) is engaged in undercover work on behalf of the government, in the hopes of earning a pardon for her past crimes. Jane is on the lookout for notorious gun-runner Robert Armstrong. To put up an innocent front, Jane marries the befuddled Potter, then keeps the criminals at bay by convincing everyone that Potter is a rootin'-tootin' gunslinger (actually, it's Jane who's been doing all the shooting). Armstrong, who has been selling guns to the Indians, arranges for Jane to be captured by the scalp-hungry tribesmen, but Potter comes to the rescue. Somewhere along the way, Bob Hope and Jane Russell get to sing the Oscar-winning Jay Livingston/Ray Evans tune "Buttons and Bows." There are many hilarious moments in The Paleface, but screenwriter Frank Tashlin felt that director Norman Z. McLeod failed to get the full comic value out of his material. To prove his point, Tashlin directed the side-splitting sequel, Son of Paleface (1952), which once more teamed Hope and Russell.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2020
UPC: 0738329248055
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 7,120

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Sergio Mims; Entertaining the Troops; Command Performance 1945; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Painless Peter Potter
Jane Russell Calamity Jane
Donald Smith Terris
Iris Adrian Pepper
Robert "Bobby" Watson Toby Preston
Jackie Searl Jasper Martin
Joseph Vitale Indian Scout
Charles Trowbridge Gov.Johnson
Clem Bevans Hank Billings
Jeff York Big Joe
Stanley Andrews Commissioner Emerson
Wade Crosby Jeb
Iron Eyes Cody Chief Iron Eyes
John Maxwell Village Gossip
Tom Kennedy Bartender
Henry Brandon Wapato, Medicine Man
Francis McDonald Lance
Frank S. Hagney Greg
Skelton Knaggs Pete
Olin Howland Undertaker
George Chandler First Patient
Nestor Paiva Patient
Carl Andre Actor
Trevor Bardette Actor
Al Bridge Horseman
Billy Engle Actor
Margaret Field Actor
Charmienne Harker Actor
Al Hill Pioneer
Ethan Laidlaw Henchman
Babe London Woman on Wagon Train
Ted Mapes Actor
Kermit Maynard Horseman
John Miller Bellhop
Houseley Stevenson Actor
Maria Tavares Actor
Loyal Underwood Bearded Character
Duke York Actor
Betty Hannon Actor
Marilyn Gladstone Actor
June Glory B-Girl
Edgar Dearing Sheriff
Arthur Space Zach
Charles Cooley Mr X
Dorothy Granger Bath House Attendant
Eric Alden Bob
Jo Gilbert Woman in Bath House
Hall Bartlett Handsome Cowboy
Stanley Blystone Spectator
Bob Kortman Spectator
Chief Yowlachie Chief Yellow Feather
Oliver Blake Spectator
Lane Chandler Tough-Looking Galoot
Paul E. Burns Justice of the Peace
Dick Elliott Mayor
Sharon McManus Girl
Earl Hodgins Clem
Harry Harvey Justice of the Peace
Sid Saylor Cowboy

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Billy Daniel Choreography
Mary Kay Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Ray Evans Score Composer
Bertram Granger Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Edmund L. Hartmann Screenwriter
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Jay Livingston Score Composer
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Frank Tashlin Screenwriter
Robert L. Welch Producer
Victor Young Score Composer

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