Son of Paleface

Son of Paleface is a 1952 American Comedy Western film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Bob Hope, Jane Russell, and Roy Rogers. The film is a sequel to The Paleface (1948). Written by Tashlin, Joseph Quillan, and Robert L. Welch, the film is about a man who returns home to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. Son of Paleface was released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on July 14, 1952.

Son of Paleface
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Tashlin
Written by
  • Frank Tashlin
  • Joseph Quillan
  • Robert L. Welch
Based onThe Paleface
Music byLyn Murray
CinematographyHarry J. Wild
Edited byEda Warren
Color processTechnicolor
Hope Enterprises
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 14, 1952 (1952-07-14) (US)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3.4 million (US)[1]


Peter "Junior" Potter (Hope) has graduated from Harvard and heads west to the western town of Sawbuck Pass to claim his father's fortune. Driving into town in a jalopy, wearing a comical plaid suit, he splashes mud all over a crowd of townspeople. He discovers to his horror that practically everyone in town claims to be owed money by his father, and that his father's treasure chest is empty.

Strutting around town in his dramatic red and white striped Harvard blazer, Junior stalls the townfolk for as long as he can, continually making allusions to his wealth. An old-timer, Eb, convinces him the gold does exist, but it is hidden.

In the saloon, he makes the acquaintance of a singing cowboy named Roy (Rogers) and a sexy saloon performer with the masculine name of Mike (Russell), who has to fend off Junior's persistent advances. In the bar, Mike and Roy sing "Buttons and Bows" while Potter raps about Harvard.

Junior tries to romance Mike and she drugs him. While he is asleep, she assumes her alter ego of "the Torch" and leads her gang in a night time raid. Junior provides a perfect alibi. The townsfolk have sabotaged Junior's car, but he improvises and adds cart wheels to escape the town. He drives across the desert with two vultures hitching a ride. He goes to the ghost town of Sterling City. He finds Eb dead in a barber's chair. Roy arrives and accuses him of murder. Junior disguises himself as Roy to try to escape on Trigger. Roy is a government agent with a Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle hidden in his guitar case, bent on capturing her.

The town is attacked by Indians. Junior is at first too scared to fight and Roy fights alone. Paleface's ghost appears and convinces him that Hell is fine. He grabs a gun and starts firing. Firing from the barber's chair, it starts to spin with shots going in random directions. One shot hits a moose head, where his father's gold begins to pour out. Mike arrives and helps in the fight. Mike and Junior escape on his improvised car.

Roy fights the gang in their hideout in an abandoned mine. With a bit of accidental help from Junior, they win the fight.

Junior is waiting for Mike when she comes out of prison (with four Junior Juniors). They say goodbye to Roy as Trigger has a triumphant rear-up silhouetted against the sunset.



The first choice Bob Hope wanted for the female lead was Maureen O'Hara, but she turned the film down.[2]


The film was the third most popular movie at the British box office in 1952.[3]


  1. ^ "Top Box-Office Hits of 1952", Variety, January 7, 1953.
  2. ^ ""Highlights from Chats with Maureen" (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  3. ^ "COMEDIAN TOPS FILM POLL". The Sunday Herald. Sydney. 28 December 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 9 July 2012 – via National Library of Australia.

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