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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).
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!
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!
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Great movie by Bob Hope. I really enjoyed watching the talented Lucille ball work beside Bob. There humor and timing is fantasticPublished 2 months ago by Rob
I love this movie. Anything with Bob Hope and Lucy, is so funny. Takes me back to the old days.Published 3 months ago by Vicki
I love Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. This movie is an old fun favorite, even my kids love it.Published 5 months ago by midea
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