Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.69
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Fancy Pants

4.5 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Jun 29, 2004)
"Please retry"
1
$24.75 $7.92
DVD
"Please retry"
$50.72
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Bob Hope is up to his classic shenanigans in Fancy Pants, a loose remake of the comedy favorite Ruggles of Red Gap. Hope plays Humphrey, an American actor playing a British butler in a hokey play in London. When a fortune-hunter hires the cast to help him woo a wealthy American girl (Lucille Ball, playing her character like a female John Wayne), the girl's domineering mother takes a shine to Humphrey and hires him to be their butler back in New Mexico. But when they arrive out West, the townsfolk believe that Humphrey is British nobility, and even Teddy Roosevelt drops by for a visit. Despite their different comic styles, Hope and Ball have an oddball chemistry together; throw in some musical numbers, physical slapstick, and a shaggy dachshund, and the results will please any Hope fan. (There are, however, some unfortunate racial stereotypes.) --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood, Lea Penman
  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Writers: Barney Dean, Edmund L. Hartmann, Frank Butler, Harry Leon Wilson, Irving Elinson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZWLTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fancy Pants" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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
Comment 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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).
3 Comments 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a valuable movie to have in your collection because you can show it to just about anyone. It's one of a handful of movies that I can count on to please when I invite someone I don't know very well over to watch a movie. Lucille Ball and Bob Hope in the same movie is like having a bull in a black powder shop! When everything blows up in your face, there's still something to laugh at and talk about. (Not to be confused with The Facts of Life, which I wouldn't call a comedy anyway. Personal preference, of course.)
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
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video