Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

Bob Hope
Director: George Marshall Cast: Bob Hope
Bob Hope
, Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
, Bruce Cabot
Bruce Cabot
George Marshall


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Fancy Pants is a musicalized remake of the oft-filmed Harry Leon Wilson story Ruggles of Red Gap, tailored to the talents of "Mr. Robert Hope (formerly Bob)." The basic plotline of the original, that of an English butler entering the service of a rowdy nouveau-riche family from the American West, is retained. The major difference is that main character (Bob Hope) plays a third-rate American actor who only pretends to be a British gentleman's gentleman. Social-climbing American heiress Lucille Ball hires Hope to impress her high-society English acquaintances, then takes him back to her ranch in New Mexico. Though there are many close shaves, Hope manages to convince the wild and woolly westerners that he's a genuine British Lord--even pulling the wool over the eyes of visiting celebrity Teddy Roosevelt (John Alexander). Never as droll as the 1935 Leo McCarey-directed Ruggles of Red Gap, Fancy Pants nonetheless works quite well on its own broad, slapsticky level. If the ending seems abrupt, it may be because the original finale, in which a fleeing Bob Hope and Lucille Ball were to be rescued by surprise guest star Roy Rogers, was abandoned just before the scene was shot.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2019
UPC: 0032429333261
Original Release: 1950
Rating: G
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 12,774

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Arthur Tyler
Lucille Ball Agatha Floud
Bruce Cabot Cart Belknap
Jack Kirkwood Mike Floud
Eric Blore Sir Wimbley
Lea Penman Effie Floud
Hugh French George Van-Basingwell
Joseph Vitale Wampum
John Alexander Theodore Roosevelt
Norma Varden Lady Maude
Joe Wong Wong
Hank Bell Barfly
Ray Bennett Secret Service Man
Charles Cooley Man
Colin Keith-Johnston Twombley
Virginia Kelly Rosalind
Harry Martin Englishman
Henry Mirelez Actor
Grace Albertson Dolly
Percy Helton Maj. Fogarty
Robin Hughes Cyril
Oliver Blake Mr. Andrews
Chester Conklin Guest
Edgar Dearing Mr. Jones
Ida Moore Betsy, Bessie
Ethel Wales Mrs. Wilkins
Jean Ruth Miss Wilkins
Jimmie Dundee Henchman
Bob Kortman Henchman
Sam Harris Umpire
Gilchrist Stuart Wicket Keeper
Alex Frazer Stagehand
Olaf Hytten Stage Manager
Howard Petrie US Government Agent
Almira Sessions Belle

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Billy Daniels Choreography
Mary Kay Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ray Evans Songwriter
Edmund L. Hartmann Screenwriter
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Archie Marshek Editor
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
Robert O'Brien Screenwriter
Oscar Rudolph Asst. Director
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Cleave Score Composer
Nathan VanCleave Score Composer
Robert L. Welch Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fancy Pants
1. The Cricket Field
2. Weekend Players
3. Brinstead Manor
4. A Wanted Butler
5. Wild West
6. Humphrey At Work
7. The Public Awaits
8. Yellow Dog Saloon
9. A Star At Last
10. All Hail The Chief
11. Sly As A Fox Hunt
12. Man's Best Friends
13. Final Performance

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