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Despite the film's success, screenwriter Frank Tashlin said in an interview with Peter Bogdanovich: "After seeing the preview of it, I could've shot Norman Z. McLeod. I'd written it as a satire on The Virginian (1929), and it was completely botched. I could've killed that guy. And I realized then that I must direct my own stuff." See more »
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Bob Hope and Jane Russel in a great western comedy
This is quite a funny western, it is so much fun you don't want it to end. Frank Tashlin who later became a director of great comedies shared the credits for the screenplay. As a matter of fact he directed the excellent sequence of this film, "Son of Paleface". Bob Hope acts like a dumb guy, but sometimes he comes out with something that reminds you he is the famous Bob Hope who is not taking the film seriously and that works very well, making it even funnier. As for Jane Russel as Calamity Jane, the combination of being sexy and apparently a bad girl also works well. The best scene is the showdown when they give so much advice to Hope, that he gets mixed up. The song "Buttons and Bows later became a classic.
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