The Paleface (1948)

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In this western spoof, Painless Potter is a hopelessly inept dentist who heads West to seek his fortune. Meanwhile, Calamity Jane is engaged in undercover work on behalf of the government. To put up an innocent front, Jane marries the befuddled Potter, then convinces everyone that Potter is a rootin'-tootin' gunslinger.

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Cast

Bob Hope
as Painless Peter Potter
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 Man
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
Ted Mapes
as Horseman
Jo Gilbert
as Woman in Bath House
June Glory
as B-Girl
Harry Harvey
as Justices of the Peace
Paul E. Burns
as Justices of the Peace
Jody Gilbert
as Woman in Bath House
Hall Bartlett
as Handsome Cowboy
Syd Saylor
as Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The Paleface

All Critics (8)

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.

Feb 14, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Oct 16, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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

Nov 6, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

This Technicolor western spoof is probably Bob Hope's finest film role.

Aug 15, 2002 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Hope at his best, but he went it one better with SON OF PALEFACE

Jul 30, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Paleface

The comic idea is simply to subvert the familiar Western formula expected by audiences. Thus, Russell plays the tough one, the one good with guns, while Hope is the nervous Easterner out-of-his-depth out West, who couldn't hit the side of a barn if he was inside of it. There's a plot perhaps, but let's not get technical, this is a personality vehicle, riding on the stars' charisma. It's one of those where you imagine the cast had a good time making it, and that that might even be a better movie. Unfortunately ... the racism towards Native Americans is often more than distracting. Still, a good Hope movie, and Russell seems happy not to have the focus on her chest for a change. Look for Chief Iron Eyes Cody!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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
Barry Lappin

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