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


This hilarious send-up of gunslinging oaters has Hope's mail-order dentist encountering famed outlaw Calamity Jane, played by a sly, luscious Russell. Hoping for a reprieve from the law, wisecracking Jane marries the nervous, shy dentist and gets him involved in her operation, and Hope manages to make the inadvertent transition to bad, brave gunslinger. A sequel, Son of Paleface, followed four years later, and remade as The Shakiest Gun in the West in 1968 with Don Knotts.

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

Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray EvansWon

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The Paleface (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 18, 2022 From 4 Star Films

As a kid, I was fond of Frank Tashlin’s Son of Paleface for a myriad of reasons. Thanks to that esteemed institution known as the local library I was well-versed in the Hope & Crosby Road Pictures by an early age and Roy Rogers was probably second-only to Gene Autry as king of the Singing ... Read full article

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. ?Is that enough to require seeing it befo... Read full article

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Until Blazing Saddles came out, this was the highest grossing western parody of all time.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 20, 1949 with Bob Hope and Jane Russell reprising their film roles.
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.
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