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The Paleface (1948)

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Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

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Jasper Martin (as Jack Searl)
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Someone is selling guns to the Indians and in order to find the culprit Calamity Jane and a secret agent go undercover posing as man and wife. When the agent is killed Jane recruits a new husband -- none other than innocent dupe "Painless" Peter Potter, a totally inept dentist and confirmed coward who's main goal is to leave the barbaric west far behind. When their wagon train is attacked by the Indians it's Jane's sharpshooting that saves the day, but she gives the credit to Potter making him an instant hero to the townspeople and instant target to both the Indians and the gunrunners. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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A Perfect Team! A Perfect Theme! A Perfect Scream! They Belong Together! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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24 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A sápadt arcú  »

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Trivia

Annette Warren, who sang for Ava Gardner in Show Boat (1951) and Lucille Ball in Fancy Pants (1950) was also the singing voice for Iris Adrian in The Paleface (1948). See more »

Goofs

When the gunrunners arrive in the Indian village they are seen to be travelling in a covered-wagon in one shot, and on an open buckboard covered with furs in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Potter: There's a million Indians out here against one coward!
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Referenced in Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Buttons and Bows
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope
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Bob Hope is hilarious in this western comedy!!!
20 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Jane Russell plays Calamity Jane who is offered pardon on a ten year sentence if she tracks down the culprits who are selling weapons to the Indians. She hitches up with a dim-witted dentist, Bob Hope, so that she can trick the bad guys into thinking that he is the federal agent tracking them down, instead of her. Hope is conned into thinking that he has killed a dozen or so Indians, in one of the funnier scenes. Hope is extremely funny in this comedy western as he struts his stuff through the old west. Most jokes hit their mark, and Russell is as much fun as Calamity Jane as well. The catchy Oscar winning tune "Buttons and Bows" is given a voice by Hope early in the film.


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