Paleface

The Paleface

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Cast: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong

     
 

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Norman Z. McLeod directs Bob Hope in the western comedy The Paleface, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer,

Overview

Norman Z. McLeod directs Bob Hope in the western comedy The Paleface, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, production notes, a sing-along, and footage of Hope performing before an appreciative crowd of soldiers round out this solid release from Universal.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
The great civic historian Otto Friedrich, in his study of Los Angeles in the 1940's, made a stunningly accurate analysis on the films of Bob Hope. All of Hope's movies, he wrote, revolve around the same three basic gags: the size of his nose, his innate cowardliness, and his complete ineptitude with women. With the exception of the ski beak, these truths are self-evident in The Paleface. Featuring an extremely attractive Jane Russell as Calamity Jane, the thin plot revolves around an undercover operation to discover who is selling guns to Indians. Jane agrees to pose as the wife of a government agent in exchange for a pardon, but through a series of mishaps must dupe Hope's eastern dentist into marrying her so she can secretly prop him up as an agent. All that is really besides the point, since the plot allows Hope to essentially play his typical role and provides all sorts of instances where he can be a coward and a frustrated lover. The major plot points are as predictable as they come, but it doesn't really matter. The jokes are for the most part typically funny material, especially the climax in the Indian camp where Hope disguises himself as the medicine man, and Russell has probably not looked better on screen with perhaps one or two exceptions. The script was co-written by Frank Tashlin, who would go on to become a well-known director and, in fact, directed the sequel Son of Paleface when he felt the director Norman Z. McLeod had not handled the original to his liking.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
UPC:
0025192121227
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
26,916

Special Features

Entertaining the Troops; Command Performance 1945; "Button & Bows" singalong; Photography gallery; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; DVD-ROM features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Painless Peter Potter
Jane Russell Calamity Jane
Donald Smith Terris
Iris Adrian Pepper
Robert "Bobby" Watson Toby Preston
Jackie Searl Jasper Martin
Joseph Vitale Indian Scout
Charles Trowbridge Gov.Johnson
Clem Bevans Hank Billings
Jeff York Big Joe
Stanley Andrews Commissioner Emerson
Wade Crosby Jeb
Iron Eyes Cody Chief Iron Eyes
John Maxwell Village Gossip
Tom Kennedy Bartender
Henry Brandon Wapato, Medicine Man
Francis McDonald Lance
Frank S. Hagney Greg
Skelton Knaggs Pete
Olin Howland Undertaker
George Chandler First Patient
Nestor Paiva Patient
Carl Andre Actor
Trevor Bardette Actor
Al Bridge Horseman
Billy Engle Actor
Margaret Field Actor
Charmienne Harker Actor
Al Hill Pioneer
Ethan Laidlaw Henchman
Babe London Woman on Wagon Train
Ted Mapes Actor
Kermit Maynard Horseman
John Miller Bellhop
Houseley Stevenson Actor
Maria Tavares Actor
Loyal Underwood Bearded Character
Duke York Actor
Betty Hannon Actor
Marilyn Gladstone Actor
June Glory B-Girl
Edgar Dearing Sheriff
Arthur Space Zach
Charles Cooley Mr X
Dorothy Granger Bath House Attendant
Eric Alden Bob
Jo Gilbert Woman in Bath House
Hall Bartlett Handsome Cowboy
Stanley Blystone Spectator
Bob Kortman Spectator
Chief Yowlachie Chief Yellow Feather
Oliver Blake Spectator
Lane Chandler Tough-Looking Galoot
Paul E. Burns Justice of the Peace
Dick Elliott Mayor
Sharon McManus Girl
Earl Hodgins Clem
Harry Harvey Justice of the Peace
Sid Saylor Cowboy

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Billy Daniel Choreography
Mary Kay Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Ray Evans Score Composer
Bertram Granger Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Edmund L. Hartmann Screenwriter
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Jay Livingston Score Composer
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Frank Tashlin Screenwriter
Robert L. Welch Producer
Victor Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [1:41]
2. A Job for Jane [4:14]
3. Complications [:13]
4. Painless Peter Potter [2:33]
5. Bullets in the Bath [5:52]
6. The New Mrs. Potter [1:14]
7. The Wagon Train [1:25]
8. Buttons & Bows [3:58]
9. The Blushing Bride [4:49]
10. Our Hero [4:48]
11. The Kiss-Off [4:28]
12. The Local Celebrity [:09]
13. Showdown [9:22]
14. Painless Rides Again [1:24]
15. Captured [3:52]
16. To the Rescue [5:34]
17. Gunpowder Getaway [2:15]
18. Happy Honeymoon [5:56]

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