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Director:
Writers:
Harry Leon Wilson (story)
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Release Date:
19 July 1950 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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An improved version of RUGGLES OF RED GAP? See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (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)
C.L. 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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The interior set at Paramount Studios representing the first floor of Norma Desmond's mansion in Sunset Blvd. (1950) starring Gloria Swanson was also used in this film, giving fans of that classic a rare opportunity to see it in full color.See more »
Quotes:
[Arthur jumps onto the horse behind Agatha, only for both of them to fall off]
Humphrey:Wouldn't it be much simpler to call a cab?
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An improved version of RUGGLES OF RED GAP?, 20 May 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Bob Hope was at the height of his comedy career and reputation when he did FANCY PANTS. Unlike some of the other movies he made in the forties and fifties he actually had a female partner here who matched him as a comedian. Here it was Lucille Ball. Ball and Hope actually proved to be a good pairing.

FANCY PANTS is based on RUGGLES OF RED GAP. Instead of Hope being a genuine butler/valet he is an actor who is playing a butler/valet. Renamed "Humphrey" or Arthur Tyler, Hope is a dreadful actor. His company is performing a ramshackle mystery where he is the villain. The best part of this is Eric Blore as the head of the family, critically wounded in an assassination attempt by "Humphrey" the butler, who shouts out an incomprehensible and accusingly nasty string of words at "Humphrey" ending with the words "DEMNED LYING SCOUNDREL!!" Hope, frightened at being exposed, looks at the other angry cast members and says "He's lying!!".

The cast is hired by a fortune hunter using them to pretend to be his aristocratic family to impress the Flouds and marry their daughter. But the Flouds are not impressed except with "Humphrey" because he tried to overcompensate with his work as a butler when he kept stepping on the "performances" of the others. As a result, Mrs. Floud (Lea Penman) purposely trips him so that he is fired by the fortune hunter (and so Mrs. Floud can hire him).

Despite the suspicions of Mr. Floud (Jack Kirkwood) and daughter Agatha (Ball), Humphrey accompanies the family back to their western estate in the Arizona territory. The territory is looking forward to becoming a new state. Anything that would speed this is encouraged.

It turns out that President Theodore Roosevelt is visiting the territory. The townspeople are excited as it might assist them in pushing for statehood. But there is a misunderstanding: word that Agatha had been pursued by an English lord spread around, and when Humphrey showed up it was assumed he was the Earl of Burnley. The Flouds find they can't disavow this mistake and are forced to treat Humphrey as a potential son-in-law. To add to the natural anger of the Flouds at this error and it's attending problems of stomaching a now arrogant Humphrey, there is the danger from Cart Belknap (Bruce Cabot) a neighbor who has had a kind of understanding with Agatha about eventually marrying her. Everything comes to a head when the President (John Alexander) shows up. For a change Humphrey manages to portray his role perfectly - too perfectly. He boasts too much about his riding abilities, and ends up involved in a fox hunt with the President and the townspeople. To complicate matters, Belknap is double checking "the Earl" and is physically threatening him.

The changes in the script improve it, as the original movie had tedious stretches when nothing was happening to Ruggles and the other characters. There is more unity of actions and Hope's cowardly conniver is quite funny. For example, when he arrives in the west he gets lost and separated from his stagecoach. Suddenly Humphrey refuses to be realistic. Walking through several full puddles and ponds, he convinces himself they are all mirages. There is also a moment when, still believing Humphrey is the perfect butler, Agatha insists he help her fix her hair. Not knowing what to do Humphrey teases her hair upward into a "hive" style, and puts a bird in a cage into the center of it.

The film's structure is smoother even though it does not include the "Gettysburg Address" speech. The cast is quite good especially Hope and Ball, Blore (briefly), Cabot, and John Alexander reprising (this time "legitimately") his "Teddy Roosevelt" from ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.

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