Fancy Pants is a bright, bouncy farce with never a serious moment, played in broadest slapstick by Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and a fine cast of comedy characters.
Fancy Pants is a bright, bouncy farce with never a serious moment, played in broadest slapstick by Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and a fine cast of comedy characters.Yarn [from a story by Harry Leon Wilson] basically is a fantastic satire on how New Mexico almost lost its chance for statehood because of a ruse perpetrated on President Theodore Roosevelt. Hope is a hammy American actor masquerading as an English lord among the rough-‘n’-tough westerners seeking statehood, and he’s forced to continue the impersonation when the President comes a-visiting. Ball, too, is at her comedic peak in this one, matching Hope gag for gag with her uninhibited zanyisms.
Paramount. Director George Marshall; Producer Robert L. Welch; Screenplay Edmund Hartmann, Robert O'Brien; Camera Charles B. Lang Jr; Editor Archie Marshek; Music Van Cleave
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 92 MIN.
Bob Hope Lucille Ball Bruce Cabot Jack Kirkwood Eric Blore
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