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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 failing actor who gets sucked into a con game and then railroaded into life as a "Gentleman's gentleman" in Big Squaw, Wild West USA. Lucille Ball is the barely tamed, reluctant romantic interest of said "butler." Add a couple of misunderstandings, a fox hunt, and you're in the gravy! (Inside joke.)
Laughter is my icebreaker of choice. Then, even if you don't "love" the whole movie, it gives you something to talk about.
"I don't know. I think he snapped his twig." - Lucille Ball as Maggie
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lucille Ball was quite the horsewoman besides being funny and beautiful. Good show. Good clean fun.Published 4 days ago by Catherine School
I really like this movie and appreciated the ease of being able to rent and view it.Published 2 months ago by Yolanda McGlinchey
Great movie by Bob Hope. I really enjoyed watching the talented Lucille ball work beside Bob. There humor and timing is fantasticPublished 7 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 9 months ago by Vicki
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