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The Paleface (1948) was a Comedy - Western Film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and produced by Robert L. Welch.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray EvansWon
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The Paleface (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 17, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Paleface Directed by Norman Z. McLeod Written by Edmund L. Hartmann, Frank Tashlin, and Jack Rose 1948/USA Paramount Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #218 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This might just be Bob Hope’s best film. ┬áIs that enough to require seeing it befo... Read full article


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
Though the story here is fictional, there was a real dentist who called himself 'Painless' - 'Painless Parker'. Edgar Parker was a dentist who struggled to run a street dental business, and so he took his practice on the road. He worked in the 1890s, in the era of 'amusement'. Inspired by P.T. Barnum, he had a horse-drawn office, show girls and buglers. Parker promised that he could extract a rotten tooth painlessly for 50 cents. If the extraction was not painless, he would give the customer $5.00. Parker had a band that he used to attract people to his office. The band also served to distract the patients and to drown out any moans of pain emitted from the patients. Patients were served with a cup of whiskey or a solution of cocaine (called 'hydrocaine'). Parker is said to have legally changed his first name to 'Painless' to avoid charges of false advertising.
Annette Warren, who sang for Ava Gardner in Show Boat and Lucille Ball in Fancy Pants was also the singing voice for Iris Adrian in The Paleface.
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