Bob Hope Tribute Collection - Sorrowful Jones / The Paleface Double Feature
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Sorrowful Jones Bob Hope teams with Lucille Ball in this memorable story. Sorrowful (Hope) takes a bet from a rotten gambler who leaves his young daughter as collateral. When the bettor doesn't come back, Sorrowful Jones learns some hard lessons about parenthood - whether he wants to or not! Lucille Ball plays nightclub singer Gladys O'Neil in this remake of the 1934 Shirley Temple film Little Miss Marker. The Paleface In one of his most popular roles, Bob Hope plays "Painless" Peter Potter, who is seduced into a quickie marriage by the voluptuous Jane Russell. Little does he suspect that Russell is actually sharpshooter Calamity Jane, hot on the trail of a dangerous renegade gang and simply using "Painless" as her unwitting dupe!
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Am especially grateful to receive Sorrowful Jones which I most likely otherwise would have missed, a hidden gem!
But the real gem here is Sorrowful Jones, with its surprising characters. Costarring Lucille Ball and Mary Jane Saunders, the movie is about a bookie who runs afoul of a mob boss, his troubles complicated by a little girl left in his bookie office by her father. Lucille Ball is no wide-eyed, clownish "Lucy" here; instead, she plays a wise-cracking gal who has Sorrowful's number and constantly calls him on his behavior. The banter between them is very funny. Mary Jane Saunders, the little girl, is so amazing that I wonder how she never eclipsed Shirley Temple. Shirley had tons of talent, but I could never get into that sugary-sweet character. Saunders has a touch of sweetness and innocence, but the writers gave her and Bob Hope the lines and situations to make up some of the funniest scenes I've seen (enjoy the "goodnight" scene). I imagine Hope enjoyed working with this little one.
My favorite Bob Hope movies are ones in which he plays the vain, wise-cracking, somewhat cowardly ladies' man, and this is one of the best.
The movie is based on a story by Damon Runyon, the same writer whose stories inspired Guys and Dolls and The Lemon Drop Kid (also a Hope gem).
If you're a fan of early Bob Hope movies, I'd say you need this one.
I do not now if it happened in shipping or sent this way, but the case
was very, very badly damaged and I had to replace it, thank goodness the
DVD was unharmed and played ok. The reason for my wondering, it was shipped
with another DVD and that one was just fine, that leaves me to believe it was
sent out that way. I love the item, but leary of dealing with Shopcents ever again.
I rate the item 5 stars, and Shopcents only 1.
I am amazed at the strong, dominating woman who could out-shoot, out-think and out-maneuver all the men around her, portrayed in a widely released film during the 1940s in Jane Russell's character in "The Paleface". Understandably, the film was a smashing success when it was first released.
The film "The Paleface" introduced the famous popular standard tune "Buttons & Bows", which Bob Hope sang to Jane Russell, trying to woo her.
Given the prominence of the actors and their outstanding performances, I recommend this double feature for your permanent film collection.