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The Paleface

1948, Western/Comedy, 1h 31m

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Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) is working undercover for the U.S. government, trying to capture a gunrunner named Terris (Robert Armstrong) in exchange for a pardon for her previous misdoings. But when Jane's partner is killed, she takes up with bumbling dentist "Painless" Peter Potter (Bob Hope) and passes him off as a gifted gunslinger. When Jane is captured by a tribe of Native Americans, however, Potter finds that he actually has to play the hero that Jane has painted him to be.

Cast & Crew

Bob Hope
"Painless" Peter Potter
Jane Russell
Calamity Jane
Bobby Watson
Toby Preston
Jackie Searl
Jasper Martin
Joseph Vitale
Indian Scout
Clem Bevans
Hank Billings
Stanley Andrews
Commissioner Emerson
Chief Yowlachie
Chief Yellow Feather
Iron Eyes Cody
Chief Iron Eyes
John Maxwell
Village gossip
Henry Brandon
Wapato (medicine man)
Frank Tashlin
Screenwriter
Ray Rennahan
Cinematographer
Hans Dreier
Art Director
A. Earl Hedrick
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Decoration
Bertram C. Granger
Set Decoration
Mary Kay Dodson
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  • Oct 12, 2018
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2015
    jane Russell digs in as calamity jane and bob hope blunders along as "Painless" the out of depth dentist in this maybe good for its time but now dated screwball comedy
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2009
    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 L Super Reviewer

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