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This hilarious western spoof is wickedly funny, marvellously self-aware, and
doesn't want to admit to knowing the meaning of the fourth
Hope works well with Roy Rogers--and of course Jane Russel is a sight not to be missed. Personally, I liked her better in the raider get-up, fully ensconsed in her role as villain. She keeps us guessing right up till the end whether she's going to shoot Hope or kiss him. What a movie!
I can't tell you any of the gags, or any of the string of one liners Bob Hope starts the movie with and doesn't let up with at all, ever. It would just hurt you too much.
If you haven't seen this movie and think would like to, go watch it. If you consider Bob Hope unfunny, and long for subtler entertainment, go set your pants on fire, you philistine, and give yourself some culture.
Federal Agent Roy Rogers is on the trail of a mysterious bandit known
as The Torch and little does he suspect at first that The Torch is that
powerful piece of pulchritude, Jane Russell.
Of course gumming up his investigation is tenderfoot Bob Hope, who is the son of famous frontier scout Paleface Potter. Hope's not inherited much from his father's side. Therein lies a lot of the comedy in Son of Paleface.
The original Paleface film had the Academy Award winning song Buttons and Bows. This one has a whole load of musical numbers in it, better to utilize the talents of the three stars. One of them, Am I in Love was nominated for the Academy Award that year, but lost to Three Coins in the Fountain.
Best scenes in Son of Paleface involve the smartest horse in the west, Trigger, constantly outsmarting Hope. Well if Bing Crosby could constantly do it in every Road picture.................
The original "Paleface" feature was pretty good, but this sequel is
actually better, in large part due to the addition of Roy Rogers and
Trigger. Rogers and Bob Hope are two of the most likable performers
that the movies have seen, and together they seem like old friends who
have stopped by for an enjoyable visit. Jane Russell is also back from
the original movie, though in a different role.
The story is good fun as long as you don't take it seriously. It's actually rather well-written, in that it accommodates all three stars with material well-suited for them. Hope gets plenty of one-liners and similar gags, and he pulls off even the goofiest of them with energy and aplomb. Rogers gets the chance to do some singing and to have some action sequences, and Trigger gets several good moments. Russell is given a character that allows her to stay within the role of the tough, glowering beauty.
There are enough connections to the first movie to add to the enjoyment if you have seen it, but "Son of Paleface" could also easily stand on its own, and in fact overall it probably is actually a little bit better.
This is one of Hope's best movies. Along with its precursor, PALEFACE, it would make a great part of a double feature...an evening in front of your vcr or dvd. Russell's affectionate/condescension towards Hope works like a charm. The presence of Roy Rogers in this film is a stroke of genius. He plays a perfect lampoon of his own screen image here...and it may very well be his only film appearance in a movie not strictly in the Western genre (you could argue that DARK COMMAND was not only a Western, but a civil war film, but it hardly matters). Roy has a perfect sense for his part of the chemistry of the film and he plays it to the hilt...which is so much fun to see. It was one of the last movies Roy made (as he was now focused on becoming a TV cowboy star), and (with his entire film career supporting this appearance) watching him onscreen here not only makes you laugh, but tugs at your heartstrings as well. This makes SON OF PALEFACE a special movie on many levels. My favorite scenes: Hope trying to impress Russell in the saloon in the beginning; Roy Rogers on Trigger to the rescue as Hope's jeep runs amuck without a wheel; any scene where Trigger is bothering Hope.
Haven't seen this film for years,unfortunately its not on sale in the UK,so i decided to buy a copy of it on ebay which was region 1.I had to change the region on my computer in order to play it,but it was well worth it.Its just as funny as i remember it.Bob hope was as funny as ever as the Harvard hopeful,he never lost his touch as the brave coward.Jane was as sexy as ever,and so tough the ultimate sex goddess,she really suited these films,together they were brilliant.Roy Rogers and Trigger fit in well to the films fun adding a bit extra,which was not in the first paleface.A very funny film which we don't make anymore,so please no remakes of this fine comedy.
Bob Hope plays Potter, returning to claim his father's gold, but it can't be found. Mike, played by Jane Russell, is a leader of a gang of thieves, and Roy Rogers as a federal marshal hot on the trail of thieves. It is very funny and lots of gimmicks, and the musical numbers are very good. I never realized that Roy Rogers had such a good singing voice. Jane Russell and Bob Hope do their own songs which are enjoyable, but not as memorable as "Buttons & Bows" from the original. One of the funniest scenes is with Trigger, Roy Roger's horse sleeping with Hope. 7/10
Frank Tashlin had a great quality: he could satirize his subjects, but at the same time he understood their charm, he kind of loved them. That is why he made some great comedies like "The Girl Can't Help It" (where the subjects where rock and roll and Jayne Mansfield.)and "Artists and Models". "Son of Paleface" is pure fun from beginning to end. Roy Rogers, Trigger, Jane Russel and Bob Hope, that is a great team. Rogers sings a nice version of "Buttons and Bows" and has some good action scenes, also he and Hope make quite a comic duo. Russel is on her prime with a fantastic figure, very well shown on her musical numbers. But the best moments belong to Trigger, first when he gets upset at the way Hope shouted and goes running after him through a house (you wonder how he went up the stairs) and then on perhaps the funniest moment ever on film when he fights with Hope for a blanket.
This was a worthy successor to the original Paleface. This one was just as good and had even a few more funnier moments including the scenes with Trigger, the fight with the Indians and, of course, the climatic chase scene. Also, this film shows Roy Rogers flair for comedy as he has some great comedic moments with Hope. This film will always a perfect sequel.
I had seen Trigger steal the scene - and the blanket - from Hope, and finally got to see the whole movie. What a cast! Bob Hope, Jane Russell, and Roy Rogers. The three stars complement each other, and I'd love to have a copy of a still with the three of them singing together! The movie is a great showcase for Trigger, and Paul E. Burns is great in a Gabby Hayes-like role! Of course, it is not a "politically correct" portrayal of American Indians, but it is typical of its period.
A terrifically funny movie. Bob Hope's wisecracking persona and
writer-director Frank Tashlin's cartoon-like gags make a perfect
blend. And anyone who enjoys Jane Russell has to check out her
opening shot in the movie, in which the camera pans up her
gorgeous legs while va-va-voom plays on the soundtrack.
Top-notch comedy in every department
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