The Paleface (1948 film)
|Directed by||Norman Z. McLeod|
|Produced by||Robert L. Welch|
|Written by||Jack Rose
|Screenplay by||Edmund Hartmann
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$4.5 million (US/ Canada rentals) |
The Paleface is a 1948 Technicolor comedy Western directed by Norman Z. McLeod, starring Bob Hope as "Painless Potter" and Jane Russell as Calamity Jane. In the film, Hope sings the song "Buttons and Bows" (by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans), which became his greatest hit by far when it came to record sales. The song also won the Academy Award for Best Song that year.
Peter "Painless" Potter (Bob Hope) is a dentist of doubtful competence. Out west, after the partner of Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) is killed while trying to discover who's been illegally selling guns to Indians, the cowardly Painless ends up married to Jane, who needs to keep her true identity a secret.
One day while protecting everyone during a hold-up, Jane gives all the credit to Painless, who becomes the townsfolk's "brave" new hero.
- Bob Hope as Painless Potter
- Jane Russell as Calamity Jane
- Robert Armstrong as Terris
- Iris Adrian as Pepper
- Bobby Watson as Toby Preston (as Robert Watson)
- Jackie Searl as Jasper Martin (as Jack Searl)
- Joseph Vitale as Indian Scout
- Charles Trowbridge as Gov. Johnson
- Clem Bevans as Hank Billings
- Jeff York as Big Joe
- Stanley Andrews as Commissioner Emerson
- Wade Crosby as Jeb
- Chief Yowlachie as Chief Yellow Feather
- Iron Eyes Cody as Chief Iron Eyes
- John Maxwell as Village gossip
- "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69
- Stafford, Jeff (2015). "The Paleface". Turner Classic Movies. Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Kirby, Walter (March 2, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 42. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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- The Paleface at the TCM Movie Database
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