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The Paleface Details

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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, Tashlin (1952), which once more teamed Hope and Russell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Livingston Best Song 1948 Winner

Cast

Bob Hope
as Painless Peter Potter
Jane Russell
as Calamity Jane
Robert Armstrong
as Terris
Iris Adrian
as Pepper
Jackie Searl
as Jasper Martin
Charles Trowbridge
as Gov.Johnson
Clem Bevans
as Hank Billings
Jeff York
as Big Joe
Stanley Andrews
as Commissioner Emerson
Wade Crosby
as Jeb
Iron Eyes Cody
as Chief Iron Eyes
Henry Brandon
as Wapato, Medicine Man
Francis McDonald
as Lance
Frank S. Hagney
as Greg
Skelton Knaggs
as Pete
Olin Howland
as Undertaker
George Chandler
as First Patient
Nestor Paiva
as Patient
Carl Andre
Trevor Bardette
Al Bridge
as Horseman
Billy Engle
Margaret Field
Charmienne Harker
Al Hill
as Pioneer
Ethan Laidlaw
as Henchman
Babe London
as Woman on Wagon Train
Ted Mapes
Kermit Maynard
as Horseman
John Miller
as Bellhop
Duke York
Edgar Dearing
as Sheriff
Arthur Space
as Zach
Dorothy Granger
as Bath House Attendant
Eric Alden
as Bob
Jo Gilbert
as Woman in Bath House
Hall Bartlett
as Handsome Cowboy
Stanley Blystone
as Spectator
Bob Kortman
as Spectator
Oliver Blake
as Spectator
Lane Chandler
as Tough-Looking Galoot
Paul E. Burns
as Justice of the Peace
Dick Elliott
as Mayor
Sharon McManus
as Girl
Earl Hodgins
as Clem
Harry Harvey
as Justice of the Peace
Sid Saylor
as Cowboy
Earl Hodgins
as Clem
Sid Saylor
as Cowboy
Harry Harvey
as Justice of the Peace
Eric Alden
as Bob
Dick Elliott
as Mayor
Stanley Blystone
as Spectator
Lane Chandler
as Tough-Looking Galoot
Dorothy Granger
as Bath House Attendant
Al Bridge
as Horseman
Sharon McManus
as Girl
Jo Gilbert
as Woman in Bath House
Edgar Dearing
as Sheriff
Oliver Blake
as Spectator
Bob Kortman
as Spectator
Al Hill
as Pioneer
Hall Bartlett
as Handsome Cowboy
Arthur Space
as Zach
Ethan Laidlaw
as Henchman
Paul E. Burns
as Justice of the Peace
Kermit Maynard
as Horseman
Babe London
as Woman on Wagon Train
John Miller
as Bellhop

Crew

Norman Z. McLeod
Director
Jack Rose
Screenwriter
Edmund L. Hartmann
Screenwriter
Frank Tashlin
Screenwriter
Ray Rennahan
Cinematographer
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Jay Livingston
Composer (Music Score)
Ellsworth Hoagland
Editor
Bertram Granger
Production Designer
Earl Hedrick
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Bertram Granger
Set Designer
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
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