The Paleface

1948

Comedy / Family

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IMDb Rating 6.8

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Reviewed by tmwest 9

This is quite a funny western, it is so much fun you don't want it to end. Frank Tashlin who later became a director of great comedies shared the credits for the screenplay. As a matter of fact he directed the excellent sequence of this film, "Son of Paleface". Bob Hope acts like a dumb guy, but sometimes he comes out with something that reminds you he is the famous Bob Hope who is not taking the film seriously and that works very well, making it even funnier. As for Jane Russel as Calamity Jane, the combination of being sexy and apparently a bad girl also works well. The best scene is the showdown when they give so much advice to Hope, that he gets mixed up. The song "Buttons and Bows later became a classic.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 8

The Paleface one of the funniest films Bob Hope ever did was a godsend to the career of Jane Russell. Take a look at her film credits and see how few there were during the Forties. She did The Outlaw which kept going in and out of release every time Howard Hughes re-edited it. She did a film called The Young Widow which she hated and was a box office flop and then The Paleface.<br/><br/>Although Howard Hughes kept messing around with The Outlaw and kept Russell off the screen for most of the Forties, the man did know about publicity and certainly kept her name before the public. But a movie star has to make movies. So even Hughes realized that and I&#39;m sure he exacted a good price for Russell&#39;s services to Paramount for The Paleface.<br/><br/>Hope of course is his usual character. A recent graduate of a dentistry college, he&#39;s gone west to seek fame and fortune, Hope the schnook gets tangled up with the notorious Calamity Jane. <br/><br/>Of course Russell is Calamity Jane, she&#39;s being offered a pardon in order to trap some no good outlaws selling weapons to the Indians. When her contact is killed and she nearly is also, she picks up Hope and they get married and join a wagon train.<br/><br/>Of course the some of the funniest stuff in The Paleface when Russell does some fancy shooting and let&#39;s Hope take the credit for it, giving him an undeserved reputation for fearlessness. One of my favorite bits is when Iron Eyes Cody gets a hold of some of Hope&#39;s laughing gas and Hope thinks he&#39;s Russell behind a barrier.<br/><br/>Bob Hope got to introduce his second Oscar winning song in The Paleface, Buttons and Bows by the Paramount contract song writers, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. He sold a few records of it, but the real big hit was done by Dinah Shore. It&#39;s now become identified with Russell as well, but she sings it in Son of Paleface, not here.<br/><br/>This was Bob Hope&#39;s first trip to the American west in search of laughs and it was a successful expedition.

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Reviewed by Spikeopath 8

Bob Hope is in his element in this type of role, here he plays a dopey dentist named Painless Peter Potter, he is the kind of dentist that pulls the wrong teeth and gets high on his own laughing gas. Here he manages to get involved with Calamity Jane {a positively smouldering Jane Russell} and a caper set around rouge Cowboys selling guns and dynamite to the Indians. After mistakenly being taken for a hero after repelling an Indian attack and killing a number of them during said attack, we are taken on this delightful journey as Potter the coward transforms himself into a bravado gun slinger whilst not realising it&#39;s actually Calamity pulling his strings and shooting the pistols. It&#39;s a smashing comedy that perfectly showcases Hope&#39;s immeasurable talent for delivering one liners, in fact few comedians in history can deliver a quip better than Hope could. The chemistry between Russell and Hope is as sharp as the writing, and to cap it all off we get the delightful song Buttons &amp; Bows to hum along to, smashing uplifting comedy, 8/10.

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