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 … More

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

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Critic Reviews for The Paleface

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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

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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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