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Fancy Pants (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 19 July 1950 (USA)
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An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Harry Leon Wilson (story), Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Humphrey
Lucille Ball ... Agatha Floud
Bruce Cabot ... Cart Belknap
Jack Kirkwood Jack Kirkwood ... Mike Floud
Lea Penman ... Effie Floud
Hugh French ... George Van Basingwell
Eric Blore ... Sir Wimbley
Joseph Vitale ... Wampum
John Alexander ... Teddy Roosevelt
Norma Varden ... Lady Maude
Virginia Keiley Virginia Keiley ... Rosalind
Colin Keith-Johnston ... Twombley
Joe Wong Joe Wong ... Wong
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Storyline

An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The complications increase when the town believes Arthur to be an Earl, and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit. Written by Erica Schulman <ens1@psuvm.psu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where Men Are Men See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,600,000
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Alexander, who plays Teddy Roosevelt, also plays Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace. Teddy Brewster is under the delusion that he is Teddy Roosevelt. See more »

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When Cart Belknap brings Peaceful for the "Earl" to ride he is shown bucking with full tack and saddle. After it is decided that the Earl will ride Peaceful Cart tells someone to go saddle him. See more »

Quotes

[during opening credits]
Humphrey: No popcorn during my performance... peasants!
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Crazy Credits

After his name credit, Hope appears, puts on a monocle and says to the audience: "No popcorn during my performance, peasants!". See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Love Lucy: Lucy Becomes a Sculptress (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Cookin'
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope, Lucille Ball (dubbed by Annette Warren) (uncredited)
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Hey fancy pants-you're a pussyfooting critter.
9 May 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Fancy Pants is directed by George Marshall and adapted from the Harry Leon Wilson story by Edmund L. Hartmann & Robert O'Brien. It stars Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood and Lea Penman. A Technicolor production, it's scored by Van Cleave and cinematography is by Charles Lang. Plot is a reworking of Ruggles of Red Gap, which was made into a successful film in 1935, directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton. This take finds Bob Hope as a low grade American stage actor who gets hired by a Western family in the hope that his refined manner will rub off on the more rough and tumble members of the family. Finds start to spiral out of control when the town mistake him for a noble lord, bringing the attention of one president Teddy Roosevelt, who plans a visit to the family home. Not only that, but Hope has to contend with town bully Bruce Cabot, who is convinced that Hope is trying to steal his girl, Lucille Ball.

Bright and bubbly comedy musical fare, played purely for laughs and given a good quality production. Hope and Ball featured together in a total of five film's, their chemistry a winning formula, even if the material wasn't always that beneficial to their respective comedy leanings. Fancy Pants is one of the better ones, but it's bookended by indifference. The start is laborious, and not really setting the standard for what is to come, but once we land in the Wild West it not only lets Hope shine, but also it brings into play Kirkwood and Cabot (excellent). Then it's a case of letting Hope ponce about as a noble butler/Lord, while Ball and Kirkwood plot to have his nuisance self sent packing back to England. It's during this meaty middle section that we get some genuine laugh out loud moments, briskly constructed by Marshall and scripted as sharp as a razor. We even have time for a couple of tunes, with the quite wonderful "Home Cookin" the stand out. Sadly the ending lacks impact and comes all too quickly, which is doubly disappointing since the big build up was great fun.

A good but not great Bob Hope film as a whole, but when it's good it's very good and therefore easily recommended to the comedy classic fan. 6.5/10


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