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The Paleface (1948)

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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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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She can shoot a gun almost as fast as BOB can run ! See more »

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24 December 1948 (USA)  »

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A sápadt arcú  »

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Trivia

Though the story here is fictional, there was a real dentist who called himself 'Painless' - 'Painless Parker'. Edgar Parker was a dentist who struggled to run a street dental business, and so he took his practice on the road. He worked in the 1890s, in the era of 'amusement'. Inspired by P.T. Barnum, he had a horse-drawn office, show girls and buglers. Parker promised that he could extract a rotten tooth painlessly for 50 cents. If the extraction was not painless, he would give the customer $5.00. Parker had a band that he used to attract people to his office. The band also served to distract the patients and to drown out any moans of pain emitted from the patients. Patients were served with a cup of whiskey or a solution of cocaine (called 'hydrocaine'). Parker is said to have legally changed his first name to 'Painless' to avoid charges of false advertising. 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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Buttons and Bows
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope
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Great Spoof
10 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Until Blazing Saddles came out some 25 years later, this was probably the most successful parody of westerns ever released. Bob Hope is hilarious as the unlikely hero "Painless" Peter Potter and Jane Russel shows a great flare for comedy as Calamity Jane. The best part of this film is the chase sequence. That part was the definite highlight of this great film.


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