A very funny sequel to THE PALEFACE that took four years to put on the screen while Hope made a few other pictures. This time, Hope plays his own son. The original character of the pioneer dentist was played by Hope, and now he comes back, again with Russell, as the Harvard graduate who
goes west to claim the inheritance left by his father. Russell is a bandit who sings in a saloon known as "The Dirty Shame." Hope teams with Rogers and Trigger (playing themselves) to nab a crook who has been robbing various gold shipments. They suspect that the criminal may be Russell. She thinks
Rogers is a handsome guy and has the warms for him, but he would rather kiss his horse, so, rarity of rarities, Hope gets the girl.
SON OF PALEFACE is a satire of every cowboy cliche, with Hope getting the chance to rattle off one-liners while the action takes in Indian uprisings, lynch mobs, posses, ghost towns, mirages, deserts, quick-draws, saloon brawls--in other words, everything that John Wayne ever did for real. Tashlin
was receiving his first directorial credit; he had co-directed THE LEMON DROP KID with Sid Lanfield but was not credited. He'd written THE PALEFACE with Ed Hartmann and was rewarded with this assignment, a job he didn't muff. It's fast and witty, and all the rootin' tootin' shootin' cannot be
taken seriously for a moment. Tashlin was a one-time cartoonist, and it shows as he sets up the scenes like animated sequences, much to the picture's benefit. In the original, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston wrote the Oscar tune "Buttons and Bows" and they wisely bring it back for another go-around
with new lyrics, as sung by Hope, Rogers, and Russell.
Rogers had been the king of the small western movies for over a decade, but after this movie, began to limit his appearances. He did a small guest bit in ALIAS JESSE JAMES, then a role in MACKINTOSH AND T.J. Other than those, he spent most of his time tending his huge real estate investments which
are worth over $100 million.
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- Review: A very funny sequel to THE PALEFACE that took four years to put on the screen while Hope made a few other pictures. This time, Hope plays his own son. The original character of the pioneer dentist was played by Hope, and now he comes back, again with Russe… (more)