Blu-ray Release: The Paleface

Blu-ray Release Date: July 14, 2020
Price: Blu-ray $17.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

The Wild West gets its comeuppance in the 1948 comedy farce The Paleface, which  introduced the Academy Award-winning song “Buttons and Bows.”

In one of his most popular roles, comedy legend Bob Hope (My Favorite Spy) plays “Painless” Peter Potter, a timid correspondence school dentist earning a shaky living in the lawless West. When “Painless” is seduced into agreeing to a quickie marriage by the voluptuous Jane Russell (The Outlaw), he thinks his luck has changed. Little does he suspect that Russell is actually sharpshooter Calamity Jane, hot on the trail of a dangerous renegade gang and that she is simply using “Painless” as her cover and unwitting dupe….!

Brightened by Technicolor and lots of slapstick, this burlesque went on to become one of Hope’s best-loved films and his biggest box-office hit. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod (My Favorite Spy) and co-starring Robert Armstrong (King Kong), the film’s popularity inspired a 1952 sequel, Son of Paleface.

Here the expansive bonus package:

-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Sergio Mims
-Entertaining the Troops
-Command Performance 1945
-“Buttons & Bows” Sing-Along
-Theatrical Trailer
-Optional English Subtitles

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.