The Paleface

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 ...
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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.
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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192121227
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,327

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Painless Peter Potter
Jane Russell Calamity Jane
Robert Armstrong 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
Eric Alden Bob
Carl Andre
Trevor Bardette
Hall Bartlett Handsome Cowboy
Oliver Blake Spectator
Stanley Blystone Spectator
Al Bridge Horseman
Paul E. Burns Justice of the Peace
Lane Chandler Tough-Looking Galoot
Charles Cooley Mr X
Edgar Dearing Sheriff
Dick Elliott Mayor
Billy Engle
Margaret Field
Jo Gilbert Woman in Bath House
Marilyn Gladstone
June Glory B-Girl
Dorothy Granger Bath House Attendant
Betty Hannon
Charmienne Harker
Harry Harvey Justice of the Peace
Al Hill Pioneer
Earl Hodgins Clem
Bob Kortman Spectator
Ethan Laidlaw Henchman
Babe London Woman on Wagon Train
Ted Mapes
Kermit Maynard Horseman
Sharon McManus Girl
John Miller Bellhop
Sid Saylor Cowboy
Arthur Space Zach
Houseley Stevenson Sr.
Maria Tavares
Loyal Underwood Bearded Character
Duke York
Chief Yowlachie Chief Yellow Feather
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 Jennigns Special Effects
Jay Livingston Score Composer
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Frank Tashlin Screenwriter
Robert L. Welch Producer
Victor Young Score Composer
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Entertaining the Troops
      Command Performance 1945
      "Buttons & Bows" Sing-Along
      Photograph Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Bob Hope as Painless Peter Potter
         Jane Russell as Calamity Jane
         Robert Armstrong as Terris
         Iris Adrian as Pepper
         Robert Watson as Toby Preston
         Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
      DVD-ROM Features
      DVD Newsletter
      Recommendations
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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