At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »
Someone is selling guns to the Indians and in order to find the culprit Calamity Jane and a secret agent go undercover posing as man and wife. When the agent is killed Jane recruits a new husband -- none other than innocent dupe "Painless" Peter Potter, a totally inept dentist and confirmed coward who's main goal is to leave the barbaric west far behind. When their wagon train is attacked by the Indians it's Jane's sharpshooting that saves the day, but she gives the credit to Potter making him an instant hero to the townspeople and instant target to both the Indians and the gunrunners.Written by
'Pales' In Comparison To Some Of Hope's Other Comedies
I didn't think this was anywhere as great as some reviewers (not here on the IMDb) led me to believe, saying this was "Bob Hope's best movie," "funniest film ever," etc. I found that FAR from the truth, although humor is very subjective. I can think of two of Hope's comedies, just off the top of my head, that were much funnier: The Ghost Breakers and Sorrowful Jones.
Anyway, the first half of this film was the worst, just stupid and very few laughs. The second half is much better, after Hope begins to think he's a gunfighter. The second half has some good humor, and helps save the film. This was my first look at Jane Russell. I thought she acted woodenly and wasn't all that pretty. Like this movie, Russell's reputation, looks-wise, is better than the reality. Her chest is what made her. She would have fit better in today's films where hard-looking, tough-talking women are featured.
One last thing on the positive side: there is nice, bright color in here, good to see in any 1940s film.
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