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The Paleface (1948)




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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Edmund L. Hartmann, Frank Tashlin, Jack Rose, Edmund Harttmann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Paramount Pictures


Bob Hope
as Painless Peter Potte...
Jane Russell
as Calamity Jane
Bobby Watson
as Toby Preston
Jackie Searl
as Jasper Martin
Joseph Vitale
as Indian Scout
Charles Trowbridge
as Gov. Johnson
Clem Bevans
as Hank Billings
Stanley Andrews
as Commissioner Emerson
Chief Yowlachie
as Chief Yellow Feather
Iron Eyes Cody
as Chief Iron Eyes
John Maxwell
as Village Gossip
Tom Kennedy
as Bartender
Henry Brandon
as Wapato the Medicine ...
Olin Howland
as Undertaker
Nestor Paiva
as Patient
Al Bridge
as Horseman
Alan Bridge
as Horseman
Dorothy Granger
as Bath House Attendant
Babe London
as Woman on Wagon Train
Loyal Underwood
as Bearded Character
Billy Engle
as Pioneer
Al Hill
as Pioneer
Duke York
as Henchman
Ethan Laidlaw
as Henchman
Wally Boyle
as Hotel Clerk
Bob Kortman
as Onlooker
Lane Chandler
as Tough-Looking Galoot
Oliver Blake
as Westerner
Carl Andre
as Horseman
Jo Gilbert
as Woman in Bath House
Ted Mapes
as Horseman
June Glory
as B-Girl
Harry Harvey
as Justices of the Peac...
Paul E. Burns
as Justices of the Peac...
Jody Gilbert
as Woman in Bath House
Sid Saylor
as Cowboy
Hall Bartlett
as Handsome Cowboy
Syd Saylor
as Cowboy
John Miller
as Bellhop
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Critic Reviews for The Paleface

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The plot is slender and silly, but Bob Hope and Jane Russell have some good moments in a comedy that was very popualar and led to an equally popular sequel.

Full Review… | February 14, 2011

Funny Hope western farce, but inferior to its sequel "Son of Paleface."

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Hope at his peak; Russell in top form; a winner.

November 6, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Paleface


Alright I know I know but you just have to love theses schmooltsy wannabe westerns.....The singing was great and Russell was a seriously gorgeous laydee....

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer


The fact that it was written by cartoon guru Frank Tashlin explains a whole lot. Stupid as hell, but Bob Hope's vaguely racist antics at the end about make the whole thing worthwhile.

Bob Hope was hilarious, and Jane Russell was good at her spot. It was just a bit silly, but still enjoyable.

Sharon Olsen

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