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Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 December 1948 (USA) See more »
She can shoot a gun almost as fast as BOB can run ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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The Paleface Is What Made Jane Russell's Career See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... 'Painless' Peter Potter

Jane Russell ... Calamity Jane
Robert Armstrong ... Terris
Iris Adrian ... Pepper
Bobby Watson ... Toby Preston (as Robert Watson)
Jackie Searl ... Jasper Martin (as Jack Searl)
Joseph Vitale ... Indian Scout
Charles Trowbridge ... Gov. Johnson
Clem Bevans ... Hank Billings
Jeff York ... Big Joe
Stanley Andrews ... Commissioner Emerson
Wade Crosby ... Jeb
Chief Yowlachie ... Chief Yellow Feather

Iron Eyes Cody ... Chief Iron Eyes
John Maxwell ... Village gossip
Tom Kennedy ... Bartender

Henry Brandon ... Wapato (medicine man)
Francis McDonald ... Lance (as Francis J. McDonald)
Frank Hagney ... Greg
Skelton Knaggs ... Pete
Olin Howland ... Jonathan Sloane, undertaker
George Chandler ... Patient #1
Nestor Paiva ... Patient #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Bob (uncredited)
Carl Andre ... Horseman (uncredited)
Billy Andrews ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... Governor's Horseman (uncredited)
Rolando Barrera ... Indian (uncredited)
Hall Bartlett ... Handsome Cowboy (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Cowboy Advising 'Aim to West' (uncredited)
Lee Blanchard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Saloon Patron Restraining Joe (uncredited)
Wally Boyle ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
John F. Bray ... (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Governor's Horseman (uncredited)
Ethel Bryant ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Cowboy Advising 'Lean to Right' (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sonny Chorre ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Cooley ... Mr. X (uncredited)
Laura Corbay ... Guest (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Paul Dunn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Mayor (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Pioneer (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Field ... Guest (uncredited)
Milton Frieburn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Woman in Bathhouse (uncredited)
Marilyn Gladstone ... B-Girl (uncredited)
June Glory ... B-Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Gomez ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Attendant at Bathhouse (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... B-Girl (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... B-Girl (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Pioneer (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Clem (uncredited)
Jerry Hunter ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Saloon Patron Restraining Joe (uncredited)
Dee La Nore ... B-Girl (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Terris' Henchman (uncredited)
Babe London ... Woman on Wagon Train (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Horseman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Horseman (uncredited)
Sharon McManus ... Girl (uncredited)
William Meader ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Barfly (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Tim Nelson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eugene Persson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Cowboy Advising 'Stand on Toes' (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Zach (uncredited)
Titus Spencer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Houseley Stevenson ... Pioneer (uncredited)
Maria J. Tavares ... B-Girl (uncredited)
Kuka Tuima ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Loyal Underwood ... Bearded Character (uncredited)
Rudolph Valentino ... Indian (uncredited)
Annette Warren ... Pepper (singing voice) (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Stagecoach Shotgun Guard (uncredited)
Ralph Willingham ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Cowboy in Saloon (uncredited)
Duke York ... Terris' Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
Writing credits
Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) and
Frank Tashlin (original screenplay)

Jack Rose (additional dialogue)

Monte Brice  uncredited
Barney Dean  uncredited
Melville Shavelson  uncredited

Produced by
Robert L. Welch .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Casting by
Joe Egli (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
Costume Design by
Mary Kay Dodson 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Berner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dean Cole .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gertrude Reade .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lavaughn Speer .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank Thayer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant production manager: second unit (uncredited)
Stanley Goldsmith .... assistant production manager: second unit (uncredited)
R.L. Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
Charles Woolstenhulme .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alvin Ganzer .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Gordon Jennings .... second unit director (uncredited)
Daniel McCauley .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard McWhorter .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Michael D. Moore .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Camp .... property master (uncredited)
Charles Mason .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Al Roelofs .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John J. Thompson .... property master: second unit (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Tony Denocenzo .... cable operator (uncredited)
Paul Franz .... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Hamer .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
John Smirch .... boom grip (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley .... transparencies camera (uncredited)
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
L. Greenhill .... stunts (uncredited)
Don House .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunt double: Jane Russell (uncredited)
P. Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
R. Morales .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
Willard W. Willingham .... stunt double: Jane Russell (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunt double: Bob Hope (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie R. Dalzell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Hill .... camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Devereaux Jennings .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Howard Kelly .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Leahy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Marsh .... camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Erwin Newmeyer .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Joe Schuster .... electrician (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... grip (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... key grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Al Mann .... casting: second unit (uncredited)
Edward R. Morse .... casting: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Harris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Sam Levine .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Monroe W. Burbank .... associate color director: Technicolor
Floyd Knudtson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Billy Daniel .... choreographer (as Billy Daniels)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Joe De Young .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Josephine Earl .... dance director (uncredited)
Len Hendry .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Bill Hurley .... livestock supervisor (uncredited)
Al Jeremy .... publicist (uncredited)
John Maxwell .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Potter:Brave men run in my family.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sunset Blvd. (1950)See more »
Buttons and BowsSee more »


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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Paleface Is What Made Jane Russell's Career, 22 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Paleface one of the funniest films Bob Hope ever did was a godsend to the career of Jane Russell. Take a look at her film credits and see how few there were during the Forties. She did The Outlaw which kept going in and out of release every time Howard Hughes re-edited it. She did a film called The Young Widow which she hated and was a box office flop and then The Paleface.

Although Howard Hughes kept messing around with The Outlaw and kept Russell off the screen for most of the Forties, the man did know about publicity and certainly kept her name before the public. But a movie star has to make movies. So even Hughes realized that and I'm sure he exacted a good price for Russell's services to Paramount for The Paleface.

Hope of course is his usual character. A recent graduate of a dentistry college, he's gone west to seek fame and fortune, Hope the schnook gets tangled up with the notorious Calamity Jane.

Of course Russell is Calamity Jane, she's being offered a pardon in order to trap some no good outlaws selling weapons to the Indians. When her contact is killed and she nearly is also, she picks up Hope and they get married and join a wagon train.

Of course the some of the funniest stuff in The Paleface when Russell does some fancy shooting and let's Hope take the credit for it, giving him an undeserved reputation for fearlessness. One of my favorite bits is when Iron Eyes Cody gets a hold of some of Hope's laughing gas and Hope thinks he's Russell behind a barrier.

Bob Hope got to introduce his second Oscar winning song in The Paleface, Buttons and Bows by the Paramount contract song writers, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. He sold a few records of it, but the real big hit was done by Dinah Shore. It's now become identified with Russell as well, but she sings it in Son of Paleface, not here.

This was Bob Hope's first trip to the American west in search of laughs and it was a successful expedition.

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