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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 »

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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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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

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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

[Arthur jumps onto the horse behind Agatha, only for both of them to fall off]
Humphrey: Wouldn't it be much simpler to call a cab?
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After his name credit, Hope appears, puts on a monocle and says to the audience: "No popcorn during my performance, peasants!". See more »

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Featured in Bob Hope's Love Affair with Lucy (1989) See more »

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Home Cookin'
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope, Lucille Ball (dubbed by Annette Warren) (uncredited)
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Dreadful
20 May 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Lucy was one of the most gifted comedians to live: her gift was physical skits that ridiculed herself. Bob was similarly gifted, but his gift was the spoken joke. Neither was particularly well suited for the long form farce, which is what this is.

It is part western, part musical (three numbers) and part romantic comedy. No element of it works. In its day, it was considered a stinker and it still is. Hope's one enjoyable bit was a hide and seek dance with someone who is chasing him. They are back to back but no matter where they look, it is not the right place. I first saw Hope do this in "Star Spangled Rhythm," and I suppose it became something of a trademark over the years.

Lucy at this time was in negotiations for her TeeVee show, which WAS well suited for her talents — and became the most popular show in history.

I'll advise you to stay away from this if you are a Lucy fan. I knew it would be bad, but it is on my list to watch because of the plot device. Bob, an actor, plays a guy who is an actor playing a butler who pretends to be an English lord. All this playing is set in a clearly faux western, and needs to be seen in the context of "Annie Get your Gun" of the same year, which is a western show about a western show.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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