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Harry Leon Wilson (story)
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Release Date:
19 July 1950 (USA) See more »
An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Humphrey

Lucille Ball ... Agatha Floud

Bruce Cabot ... Cart Belknap
Jack Kirkwood ... Mike Floud

Lea Penman ... Effie Floud
Hugh French ... George Van Basingwell

Eric Blore ... Sir Wimbley
Joseph Vitale ... Wampum

John Alexander ... Teddy Roosevelt

Norma Varden ... Lady Maude
Virginia Keiley ... Rosalind

Colin Keith-Johnston ... Twombley
Joe Wong ... Wong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Albertson ... Dolly (uncredited)
Gilbert Alonzo ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
David Alvarado ... Indian Boy (uncredited)

Hank Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)

Ray Bennett ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Mr. Andrews (uncredited)
Marie Bryant ... Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Guest (uncredited)
Wanda Cantlon ... Cowgirl (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Guest (uncredited)
Charles Cooley ... Parson (uncredited)
Cathy Dart ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Bobby Dominguez ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Guest (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jac Fisher ... Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Vincent Garcia ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
Ethyl May Halls ... Daisy (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Umpire (uncredited)

Percy Helton ... Mayor Fogarty (uncredited)

Robin Hughes ... Cyril (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Henchman (uncredited)
Alva Marie Lacy ... Daisy (uncredited)
John Mallon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Martin ... Englishman (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Mollie (uncredited)
Henry Mirelez ... Indian Boy (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Connie Montoya ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ida Moore ... Bessie / Betsy (uncredited)
Alfred Nunez ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
Howard Petrie ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Jean Ruth ... Miss Wilkins (uncredited)

Hope Sansberry ... Millie (uncredited)

Almira Sessions ... Belle (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Wicket Keeper (uncredited)

Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Wilkins (uncredited)
Annette Warren ... Agatha Floud (singing voice) (uncredited)
Maxine Willis ... Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Harry Leon Wilson (story)

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) and
Robert O'Brien (screenplay)

Richard L. Breen  contributing writer (uncredited)
Monte Brice  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Frank Butler  contributing writer (uncredited)
Barney Dean  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Irving Elinson  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Richard English  contributing writer (uncredited)
Richard Flournoy  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert L. Welch .... producer
Original Music by
Van Cleave 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang  (as Charles B. Lang)
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Mary Kay Dodson  (as Mary K. Dodson)
Gile Steele (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Berner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
S. Patrick .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Webster C. Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Rudolph .... assistant director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Michael D. Moore .... second assistant director (uncredited)
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert Goodstein .... props (uncredited)
Cline Jones .... prop shop: second unit (uncredited)
W.W. Jones .... nursery (uncredited)
Joe Portillo .... painter (uncredited)
Dwight Thompson .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound
Gene Merritt .... sound
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Lucille Ball
Roger Creed .... stunt double: Bob Hope
James Van Horn .... stunt double: Bruce Cabot
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Pat Drew .... gaffer (uncredited)
Phil Eastman .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Curtis Gourlay .... head grip: second unit (uncredited)
John Hamilton .... camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Jack Haring .... grip (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
C. Klein .... grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gordon Palmer .... grip (uncredited)
Ray Rennahan .... fill-in photographer (uncredited)
B. Sheets .... camera mechanic: Technicolor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Francis Cugat .... color consultant: Technicolor
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Billy Daniel .... choreographer (as Billy Daniels)
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Frances Grant .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
C. Harper .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Len Hendry .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller .... dance director (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Sidney Zipser .... Technicolor technician (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #13953) | USA:G (1974)

Did You Know?

John Alexander, who plays Teddy Roosevelt, also plays Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace. Teddy Brewster is under the delusion that he is Teddy Roosevelt.See more »
Continuity: When Cart Belknap brings Peaceful for the "Earl" to ride he is shown bucking with full tack and saddle. After it is decided that the Earl will ride Peaceful Cart tells someone to go saddle him.See more »
[as Sir Wimbley kisses her hand]
Agatha:You act if gravy was on it!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)See more »
Home Cookin'See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Belly Laughs, 10 February 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Fancy Pants is a musical comedy remake of Ruggles of Red Gap in which Charles Laughton had one of his best roles in the 1935 version that was directed by Leo McCarey. To say that Bob Hope's interpretation of the English butler who went west is different from Laughton's is the difference from porterhouse steak to hog's livers to use one of old Ski nose's favorite expressions.

Not that Fancy Pants is bad, in fact it's very funny and definitely the best of the four films that Bob Hope made with Lucille Ball. Ruggles of Red Gap was funny, but it was also whimsical and dramatic in spots and it was about a shy and proper English butler who adjusts to the new environment in America he finds himself and in the process makes some real friends.

To begin with Hope isn't a butler, he's an actor and a clod of an actor who has the knack for spilling all kinds of liquid on fellow player Norma Varden. The whole company is hired by a guy who was posing as titled nobility to woo wealthy American Lucille Ball.

Unlike a lot of Hope's leading ladies, Lucy gets her innings, especially playing this Calamity Jane type. She and mother Lea Penman are touring the continent and Penman decides Hope is just the guy to put a little refinement into their home and incidentally make them the envy of their small New Mexico town.

One thing leads to another and Hope winds up having to pose as nobility himself when the townspeople are misinformed and President Theodore Roosevelt comes to town for a visit. That doesn't sit well with Bruce Cabot who has designs on Lucy.

John Alexander who was 'Theodore Roosevelt' in Arsenic and Old Lace gets a chance to play him for real in Fancy Pants. His scenes with 'Earl' Hope are classic. I also liked Eric Blore who played the unintelligible 'Earl' in Hope's repertoire company.

Though director George Marshall and stars Hope and Ball go for belly laughs rather than some wry chuckles, Fancy Pants holds up very well after almost 60 years. But if you are looking for Hope to try and out do Mr. Laughton, than don't bother with it.

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