FANCY PANTS 1950 G CC

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An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The complications increase when the town believes Arthur to be an Earl, and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit

Starring:
Bob Hope, Lucille Ball
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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FANCY PANTS

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Product Details

Genres Western, Musical, Comedy
Director George Marshall
Starring Bob Hope, Lucille Ball
Supporting actors Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood, Lea Penman, Hugh French, Eric Blore, Joseph Vitale, John Alexander, Norma Varden, Virginia Keiley, Colin Keith-Johnston, Joe Wong, Grace Albertson, Gilbert Alonzo, David Alvarado, Hank Bell, Ray Bennett, Oliver Blake, Marie Bryant
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Good clean fun comedy!
Vickey
I love this movie and watched it as a girl-I am so glad I have found it.
glue@accessus.com
Maybe a little too much flare.
Movie Mania

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
First, this is a color movie, not black and white. Not just color, Technicolor, real good clear Technicolor. It was made by Paramount back in the days when the Paramount logo had 24 stars in the circle. Nowadays the logo has 22 stars. This movie is my all-time favorite Bob Hope film even though it is the one film where he is not billed as "Bob." The credit goes to "Mr. Robert Hope." The best joke in this film takes place 45 minutes into the story. It is "Three Against a Thousand." It is a four minute routine that shows Bob at his best.If you've seen it you know what I mean. If not, it is worth the price of the video. When this movie came out Lucy was about one year away from TV history with her "I Love Lucy" series. Old timers will like it and it is probably a film that young kids would also enjoy. Some of the vaudeville routines still work well today, especially Hope lighting someone's cigarette and pouring tea. Good western scenery. One good song "Home Cookin'." All songs written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. They wrote tunes like "Mona Lisa," "To Each His Own" and "The Bonanza Theme." They just didn't write any great songs for this film. Bob and Lucy are in great physical shape here. Tom Willett
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9, 2008
Format: DVD
Reunited for the first time since their box-office success in "Sorrowful Jones" (1949), 1950's FANCY PANTS (a musical remake of "Ruggles of Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson) cast Bob Hope as a phoney British butler, with Lucille Ball as his hell-raising, tomboyish employer.

Engaged in a British touring theatrical troupe, struggling actor Arthur Tyler (Bob Hope) literally lands the role of a lifetime when New Mexico millionairess Effie Floud (Lea Penman) drags him back home as the new butler, in the hopes he'll also be a calming influence for her unruly daughter Agatha (Lucille Ball). Aggie, in the meanwhile, decides to use "Humphrey" (as he's now known) to create some sparks of jealousy with her cowboy squeeze (Bruce Cabot). And when the rest of the townsfolk mistakenly start to believe that "Humphrey" is the Earl of Brimstead, all hell breaks loose!

Bob Hope and Lucille Ball were always great value when paired together, but FANCY PANTS might well be their best co-starring vehicle. This is an energetic, high-octane musical version of "Ruggles of Red Gap" (previously filmed in 1935 with Charles Laughton and Mary Boland in the leads). Lucy glows in Technicolor (her singing was dubbed by Annette Warren). The cast also boasts Jack Kirkwood, Norma Varden, Eric Blore and John Alexander.

The DVD has a brilliant restored Technicolor print, but sadly no extras. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Bob Hope and Lucille Ball made several movies together, but this is by far their best. The comedic timing they bring to every role is unsurpassed and together they always had a nice screen chemistry. How can you possibly go wrong with two of the greatest comedians in screen history together in one movie?
The highlight is the arrival of President Theodore Roosevelt who goes on an hilarious fox hunt with Bob, pretending to be a snooty, upper crust Englishman. Full of laughs!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on May 30, 2004
Format: DVD
A remake with songs of "Ruggles of Red Gap", "Mr.Robert Hope" plays an English Valet going to work for Lucille Ball's nouveau riche family in the Wild West. For fans of Hope and Lucy, this is a delight. They're in top form in "Fancy Pants"...the name given Hope by tomboy Lucy. Good supporting cast helps enliven this spoof, but it's Hope and Lucy who really pull it off. They're a great team. Lucy sings "Fancy Pants" and there are other songs and lots of slapstick and beautiful Technicolor filming that helps explain why Lucy was once known in Hollywood as "Tessie Technicolor". She's gorgeous here. "Fancy Pants" is good, clean, fun family fare and, sadly, another example of the kind of film "they just don't make anymore". And yes, you can see Lucy Ricardo emerging in this film. For historical value alone "Fancy Pants" is worth watching and owning.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
Format: DVD
Fancy Pants reunites the stars of the hit Sorrowful Jones but this time in living color. This would be a full five years before Lucy would become a television icon.

Bob Hope plays a hapless actor, Arthur Tyler who is hired to play a butler to impress a neuvo riche American girl, Agatha Floud (Lucille Ball) and her mother Effie by an impoverish British Earl.

The Earl doesn't get the girl but Effie gets the butler. Effie wants to flaunt her new found culture in the culture wasteland known as Big Squaw, New Mexico. All arrive home and a misunderstanding happens when Agatha's father think that Humphrey, the Butler is the Earl of Brimstead.

Arthur takes to his new role with flare. Maybe a little too much flare. This makes Agatha's "beau" jealous. To add to the plot twists, President Teddy Roosevelt finds out about the Earl's visit and comes to meet him. This leads to an all out over the top finish.

Bob Hope had pretty well perfected his screen persona by this film but Lucy was still years from creating hers. This film was a bridge from what MGM tried to make her and what I Love Lucy would make her. Hope and Ball made a great comic team and this is one of the most outlandish collaboration.

This is just a plain sit down and laugh out loud comedy. Enjoy!

DVD EXTRAS: None
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