- Actors: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers, Trigger, Douglass Dumbrille
- Directors: Frank Tashlin
- Format: Anamorphic, NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Kino Lorber
- DVD Release Date: August 29, 2017
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- ASIN: B071NWDWPY
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Son of Paleface
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Four years after his smash comedy hit, The Paleface, Bob Hope (My Favorite Brunette) returned to the screen as Junior Potter, son of Painless Peter Potter, the hapless hero of the first film. The Harvard-bred Junior heads out west to claim his father's inheritance. Also returning for the sequel, but in a different role, is the beautiful Jane Russell (The Outlaw) as a gunfighter named Mike The Torch Delroy who continually has to save our hapless hero with help from the king of the singing cowboys, Roy Rogers (Sunset in the West) and legendary horse Trigger (Trigger, Jr.) who team up with the pair to get to the bottom of a gold shipment robbery. Co-written and directed by the great Frank Tashlin (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?) and featuring a stellar supporting cast which includes Bill Williams (The Cariboo Trail) and Douglass Dumbrille (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town) with cameos by Bing Crosby (Road to Rio) and legendary director Cecil B. DeMille (Samson and Delilah).
SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Greg Ford | The Lady Said No - 1946 animated short film by Frank Tashlin
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Two of Hope's funniest films.
In "Paleface" Bob Hope marries Jane Russell
In "Son of Paleface" Bob Hope, playing the the son of himself and Jane Russell, marries Jane Russell.
I'm surprised the censors didn't notice.
"Son of Paleface" is presented in glorious Technicolor on the new Kino Lorber blu-ray.
Written and directed by Frank Tashlin, who had only recently made the transition from being a writer/animator/director for Warner Brothers Cartoon division.
There are a number of examples in "Son of Paleface" where Tashlin's cartoon training takes over.
- @ 36 minutes into the film, just after the song "Buttons and Bows", Bob Hope drinks a highly alcoholic "Paleface Special" with side-effects straight out of Looney Tunes.
One of Tashlin's final animated shorts, "The Lady Said No" (1946) is included as a bonus.
Unusual in that it uses puppet animation, not drawings (released by Daffy Ditties).
Kino Lorber includes full-length audio commentaries for both "Son of Paleface" and "The Lady Said No".
Only regret: No subtitles.
"Paleface" has not (yet) been released on blu-ray. In the meantime, here is a link to the DVD:
BUTTON & BOWS
The song "Buttons and Bows" was written for "Paleface", where it was sung by Bob Hope.
It won the Oscar for Best Song of 1948
("East is east and west is west, and the wrong one I have chose.")
The song is repeated in "Son of Paleface" sung in a trio by Jane Russell, Roy Rogers and Bob Hope.
The lyrics are altered in several places, and a lot of comedy shtick is tossed in.
For links to film clips of the song as performed in both "Paleface" and "Son of Paleface", see Comment One (dated August 29, 2017). Click on "Sort by Oldest".
Clip One: Sung by Bob Hope in "Paleface" (1948)
Clip Two: Sung by Jane Russell, Roy Rogers and Bob Hope in "Son of Paleface" (1953) + Bob Hopes drinks the "Paleface Special"
BOB HOPE'S WESTERN COMEDIES
Bob hope actually starred in a total of five Wild West comedies.
In addition to "Paleface" and "Son of Paleface", there were:
-- "The Road to Utopia" (1946) co-starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
The fourth of seven Road pictures with Hope and Crosby, set during the Alaska Gold Rush of 1896.
(great ending - the censors were asleep at the switch)
Not on Blu-ray, but part of an economical two-DVD set of Road movies: The Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road to Comedy Collection
-- "Fancy Pants (1950) co-starring Lucille Ball - one year before "I Love Lucy"
Not on blu-ray, but on DVD: Fancy Pants ASIN: B0001ZWLTC
-- "Alias Jesse James" (1959) co-starring Rhonda Fleming.
Not on blu-ray. This used to be on an MGM DVD (see photo), but it has disappeared from Amazon.
Amazon currently lists a region 2 Spanish DVD which won't play on most US DVD players:
Alias Jesse James