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 film 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). The song 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 (singing voice dubbed by Annette Warren)
- 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
- Tom Kennedy as Bartender
- Henry Brandon as Wapato (Medicine Man)
- Francis McDonald as Lance
- Frank Hagney as Greg
- Skelton Knaggs as Pete
- Olin Howland as Undertaker
- George Chandler as First Patient
- Nestor Paiva as Second Patient
The film earned $3.5 million in rentals in the US in 1948.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
The Paleface was presented on Stars in the Air March 6, 1952. The 30-minute adaptation starred Bob Hope and Jane Russell recreating the roles they had in the film. Hope and Russell also starred in a March 3, 1950, adaptation on Screen Directors Playhouse.
- Variety 18 February 1948 p7
- "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69
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- 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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