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The Paleface (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Western | 16 February 1949 (France)
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.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann), Frank Tashlin (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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 A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A sápadt arcú See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1968, Don Knotts and Barbara Rhodes starred in a remake of "The Paleface" titled "The Shakeiest Gun In the West" (Universal 1968). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Potter: [draws his guns] I hope they're loaded. I wish I was, too.
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Buttons and Bows
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope
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'Pales' In Comparison To Some Of Hope's Other Comedies
28 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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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