Paramount Pictures presents "SON OF PALEFACE" (1952) (95 min/Color) -- Starring Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers, Bill Williams, Lloyd Corrigan & `Trigger'
Directed by Frank Tashlin
A sequel to Bob Hope's 1948 box-office success The Paleface, 1952's Son of Paleface is a superior product in every way, thanks largely to the spirited, creative direction of Frank Tashlin.
Peter `Junior' Potter (Bob Hope) is a Harvard-educated dude who heads West to claim the inheritance left him by his gunslinger father. Much to his chagrin, Junior discovers that his dad has left him nothing but debts. To stave off Potter Sr.'s angry creditors, Junior pretends that his father has salted away a fortune somewhere in the hills. This arouses the attention of curvaceous saloon owner Mike Delroy (Jane Russell), who doubles as a mysterious masked bandit known as The Torch. Meanwhile, federal agent Roy Barton (Roy Rogers) keeps tabs on Junior, hoping that he'll lead him to The Torch and her gang. True to form, ex-cartoonist Tashlin fills the screen with a wealth of inventive sight gags and inside jokes.
Hope & Russell get to reprise of The Paleface's Oscar-winning "Buttons and Bows," this time performed with the help of Roy Rogers.
Best scenes in Son of Paleface involve the smartest horse in the west, Trigger, constantly outsmarting Hope
A side splitting film. Bob Hope's wisecracking persona and writer-director Frank Tashlin's cartoon-like gags make a perfect blend. And anyone who enjoys Jane Russell has to check out her opening shot in the movie, in which the camera pans up her gorgeous legs while the band plays on, with Hope and Rogers looking on.
Oscar nominated for Best Song ("Am I in Love")
1. Frank Tashlin (aka: Francis Fredrick von Taschlein] (Director)
Date of Birth: 19 February 1913, Weehawken, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death: 5 May 1972 - Unknown
2. Bob Hope (aka: Leslie Townes Hope)
Date of Birth: 29 May 1903 - Eltham, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 27 July 2003 - Toluca Lake, California
3. Jane Russell (aka: Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell)
Date of birth: 21 June 1921 - Bemidji, Minnesota
Date of Death: 28 February 2011 - Santa Maria, California
4. Roy Rogers [aka: Leonard Franklin Slye]
Date of Birth: 5 November 1911 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 July 1998 - Apple Valley, California
5. Trigger (the Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Date of Birth: 1932
Date of Death: 3 July 1965
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 95 min on DVD/VHS ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (November 21, 2000)