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The Paleface (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Western | 16 February 1949 (France)
Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann), Frank Tashlin (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... 'Painless' Peter Potter
Jane Russell ... Calamity Jane
Robert Armstrong ... Terris
Iris Adrian ... Pepper
Bobby Watson ... Toby Preston (as Robert Watson)
Jackie Searl ... Jasper Martin (as Jack Searl)
Joseph Vitale ... Indian Scout
Charles Trowbridge ... Gov. Johnson
Clem Bevans ... Hank Billings
Jeff York ... Big Joe
Stanley Andrews ... Commissioner Emerson
Wade Crosby ... Jeb
Chief Yowlachie ... Chief Yellow Feather
Iron Eyes Cody ... Chief Iron Eyes
John Maxwell ... Village gossip
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Storyline

Someone is selling guns to the Indians and in order to find the culprit Calamity Jane and a secret agent go undercover posing as man and wife. When the agent is killed Jane recruits a new husband -- none other than innocent dupe "Painless" Peter Potter, a totally inept dentist and confirmed coward who's main goal is to leave the barbaric west far behind. When their wagon train is attacked by the Indians it's Jane's sharpshooting that saves the day, but she gives the credit to Potter making him an instant hero to the townspeople and instant target to both the Indians and the gunrunners. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Like Merry Xmas and Happy New Year...They belong together! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A sápadt arcú See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 20, 1949 with Bob Hope and Jane Russell reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When the gunrunners arrive in the Indian village they are seen to be travelling in a covered-wagon in one shot, and on an open buckboard covered with furs in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Potter: [draws his guns] I hope they're loaded. I wish I was, too.
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Alternate Versions

Remade in 1968 as The Shakiest Gun in the West, starring Don Knotts and Barbara Rhoades. See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: Look Before You Leap (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Meetcha Round The Corner
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Iris Adrian (dubbed by Annette Warren)
Then danced by Bob Hope and Iris Adrian
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Great Spoof
10 October 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

Until Blazing Saddles came out some 25 years later, this was probably the most successful parody of westerns ever released. Bob Hope is hilarious as the unlikely hero "Painless" Peter Potter and Jane Russel shows a great flare for comedy as Calamity Jane. The best part of this film is the chase sequence. That part was the definite highlight of this great film.


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