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A sequel to Bob Hope's 1948 box-office success Bob Hope, 1952's Son of Paleface is a superior product in every way, thanks largely to the spirited, creative direction of Frank Tashlin. Hope is cast as Junior Potter, a Harvard-educated dude who heads West to claim the inheritance left him by his gunslinger father. Much to his chagrin, Junior discovers that his dad has left him nothing but debts. To stave off Potter Sr.'s angry creditors, Junior pretends that his father has salted away a fortune somewhere in the hills. This arouses the attention of curvaceous saloon owner Mike (Jane Russell), who doubles as a mysterious masked bandit known as The Torch. Meanwhile, Roy Rogers (playing a federal agent named Roy Rogers) keeps tabs on Junior, hoping that he'll lead him to The Torch and her gang. True to form, ex-cartoonist Tashlin fills the screen with a wealth of inventive sight gags and inside jokes: Cecil B. DeMille shows up as a photographer in one scene, while in another, Hope, about to embark on the film's wild climactic chase sequence, shoos away a couple of vultures wearing bibs, warning them that "You'll make the whole thing look impossible." Our favorite scenes: Hope's Wile E. Coyote-like reaction to a particularly potent drink, and his bedroom scene with Roy Rogers' wonder horse Trigger. And don't forget the film's slightly risque punch line "Let's see them top that on television," (you have to be there). Songs in Son of Paleface include "You Are My Valley of Sunshine," "Four-Legged Friend," "Wing Ding Tonight," "What A Dirty Shame," and a reprise of Bob Hope's Oscar-winning "Buttons and Bows," performed by Hope, Russell and Rogers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 14, 1952

Cast

Bob Hope
as Junior Potter
Jane Russell
as Mike
Roy Rogers
as Roy Barton
Bill Williams
as Kirk
Lloyd Corrigan
as Doc Lovejoy
Paul E. Burns
as Ebeneezer Hawkins
Douglas Dumbrille
as Sheriff McIntyre
Harry Von Zell
as Pvt. Stoner
Iron Eyes Cody
as Indian Chief
Carl Andre
as Pedra
Joan Arnold
Oliver Blake
as Telegrapher
Hazel Boyne
as Old Lady
Sue Carlton
Russ Conklin
as Indian
Al Ferguson
as Man
Howard Joslin
as Sam
Louis Lane
Rudy Lee
as Boy
Jack Pepper
as Customer in Restaurant
Rose Plummer
as Townswoman
James Van Horn
as Posse
Valerie Vernon
as Girls in Bedroom Scene
Fred Zendar
as Ollie
Danny Sands
Charles Quirk
as Zeke
Anne Dore
as She-Devil
Don Dunning
as Wally
Felice Richmond
as Genevieve
Charmienne Harker
as Bessie
Jane Easton
as Clara
Hank Mann
as Bartender
Chester Conklin
as Chester
Frank Cordell
as Dade
Willard Willingham
as Jeb
Jean Willes
as Penelope
Jonathan Hale
as Governor
Lyle Moraine
as Bank Clerk Weaverly
Cecil B. DeMille
as Himself
Jack Pepper
as Customer in Restaurant
Willard Willingham
as Jeb
Oliver Blake
as Telegrapher
James Van Horn
as Posse
Rudy Lee
as Boy
Lyle Moraine
as Bank Clerk Weaverly
Hank Mann
as Bartender
Jonathan Hale
as Governor
Charmienne Harker
as Bessie
Frank Cordell
as Dade
Russ Conklin
as Indian
Jane Easton
as Clara
Charles Quirk
as Zeke
Hazel Boyne
as Old Lady
Anne Dore
as She-Devil
Jean Willes
as Penelope
Carl Andre
as Pedra
Felice Richmond
as Genevieve
Howard Joslin
as Sam
Rose Plummer
as Townswoman
Fred Zendar
as Ollie
Don Dunning
as Wally
Chester Conklin
as Chester
Al Ferguson
as Man
Valerie Vernon
as Girls in Bedroom Scene

Crew

Frank Tashlin
Director
Frank Tashlin
Screenwriter
Joseph Quillan
Screenwriter
Harry J. Wild
Cinematographer
Lyn Murray
Composer (Music Score)
Roland Anderson
Art Director
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Josephine Earl
Choreography
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