Son of Paleface


1h 35m 1952

Brief Synopsis

In this sequel to "The Paleface", Bob Hope and Jane Russell return as the lead characters. Hope plays Junior Potter, who returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. Throw in Russell as "Mike", the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Rogers as a federal marshal hot on her trail.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 1952
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Hope Enterprises, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Upon his graduation from Harvard in 1896, Eastern dandy Junior Potter is sent West by his fiancée Penelope to collect his inheritance. Meanwhile, a rash of stagecoach robberies by an outlaw gang led by a masked bandit known as "The Torch" is plaguing California's gold country, so Governor Freedman calls for federal aid, which comes in the form of government agents Roy Rogers and Doc Lovejoy. Posing as medicine show performers, Roy and Doc arrive in the California town of Sawbuck Pass the same day Junior appears in his new automobile. After hitting Doc's wagon with his out-of-control jalopy, which then knocks Roy and his horse Trigger into the mud, Junior is threatened with "the hoosegow" until he announces that he is the son of the infamous Indian fighter, Paleface Potter. At the reading of his father's will, however, Junior learns that Paleface thought of him as "an idiot" and left him seemingly little more than an empty chest. Realizing that the townspeople will kill him, as they expect him to pay Paleface's long outstanding debts out of his inheritance, Junior pretends that the chest is filled with gold and promises to make good on all claims against his father in two days. The townspeople are not Junior's only problem, however, as the local Indian tribe, led by Chief Yellow Cloud, seek to kill Junior to avenge the murderous acts of his father. Deserted by Penelope, Junior attempts to sneak out of town that night, only to be stopped by Ebeneezer Hawkins, his father's old prospecting partner. Ebeneezer convinces Junior that Paleface hid his fortune before returning to Boston and urges the college graduate to think of any hints his father may have given him as to its whereabouts. Soon thereafter, Junior falls in love with Mike Del Roy, the beautiful and wealthy owner of the Dirty Shame saloon, who is also The Torch. Mike agrees to date Junior in order to gain access to his father's gold, while Junior plans to marry her so that he can use her money to pay off Paleface's debts. In the meantime, Roy uncovers Mike's dual identity and asks the governor to reinstate the gold shipments, hoping to trap The Torch and her gang in the act. To that end, Roy serenades Mike, while Doc files a mark in one of her horse's shoes in order to track her movements. The federal agents' plan seems to work, as The Torch and her gang hold up the stage that night, but Mike has a seemingly air-tight alibi in her new fiancé Junior, who thinks she was with him all evening. Junior is unaware, however, that Mike drugged his drink and he was actually asleep in her room during the holdup. The next morning, Junior finds a note in the false bottom of his father's chest, but Ebeneezer takes it from him before he can read its contents. Escaping the angry townspeople, Junior heads to Sterling City to meet up with Ebeneezer, but his car breaks down in the middle of the desert. Two days later, Junior finally arrives in the ghost town, only to find the old prospector murdered, having been killed by Kirk, the chief henchman of Mike's gang. Meanwhile, Mike breaks out of jail and arrives in Sterling City. Though she originally intended to leave Junior there to be killed by the approaching Indians, Roy convinces her that the governor will reduce her sentence if she offers her full cooperation, as he has learned that her father's fortune was stolen by Paleface. During the ensuing Indian attack, Junior is visited by the ghost of his father, who gives him the courage to help Roy and Mike fight off the marauders. A stray bullet then strikes a mounted mouse head, emptying it of Paleface's hidden gold. When Junior and Mike leave Sterling City in his car to seek help, the Indians follow them. Meanwhile, Roy returns to Sawbuck Pass just in time to single-handedly capture Kirk and the rest of The Torch's gang. Making a wrong turn, Junior drives his car off a gorge, but when Mike promises to marry him, he opens an umbrella and the vehicle safely flies to the other side. Years later, Junior waits with Roy outside the state prison for Mike's release, and the faithful husband is united with his wife and his four young sons.

Cast

Bob Hope

Junior Potter

Jane Russell

Mike Del Roy, also known as "The Torch"

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers

Trigger

Bill Williams

Kirk

Lloyd Corrigan

Doc Lovejoy

Paul E. Burns

Ebeneezer Hawkins

Douglass Dumbrille

Sheriff McIntyre

Harry Von Zell

Stoner

Iron Eyes Cody

Chief Yellow Cloud

Wee Willie Davis

Blacksmith

Charley Cooley

Charley

8 Beautiful Girls 8 (count 'em)

Charles Morton

Ned

Don Dunning

Wally

Leo J. Mcmahon

Crag

Felice Richmond

Genevieve

Charmienne Harker

Bessie

Isabel Cushin

Isabel/Becky, a "B" girl

Jane Easton

Clara

Homer Dickinson

Townsman

Lyle Moraine

Weaverly, the bank clerk

Hank Mann

Bartender

Michael A. Cirillo

Micky, the bartender

Chester Conklin

Chester

Flo Stanton

Flo

John George

Johnny

George Russell

Posse member

John Epper

Posse member

Lewis H. Morphy

Posse member

Danny H. Sands

Posse member

James Van Horn

Posse member

Charles Quirk

Zeke

Frank Cordell

Dade

Willard Willingham

Jeb

Warren Fiske

Trav

Carl Andre

Pedro

Anne Dore

She-Devil

Gordon Carveth

Indian

Russ Conklin

Indian

Fred Zendar

Ollie

Rudy Lee

Boy

Hazel Boyne

Old lady

Wally Boyle

Perkins

Oliver Blake

Telegrapher

Bob St. Angelo

Lem

Howard Joslin

Sam

Rose Plumer

Townswoman

Art Cameron

Art

Louise Lane

Dance hall cutie

Joanne Arnold

Dance hall cutie

Marie Shaw

Dance hall cutie

Blanche Renze

Dance hall cutie

Geraldine Farnum

Cigarette girl

Valerie Vernon

Girl in bedroom

Sue Carlton

Girl in bedroom

Jack Pepper

Restaurant customer

Jonathan Hale

Governor Freedman

Marie Shaw

Matron

Jean Willes

Penelope

Cecil B. Demille

Still photographer

Robert L. Welch

Photographer's assistant

Bing Crosby

Man driving car

Al Ferguson

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 1952
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Hope Enterprises, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Song

1952

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The film was copyrighted twice, on August 1, 1952, by Hope Enterprises, Inc. Son of Paleface was a sequel to the highly successful 1948 Paramount film The Paleface, which also starred Bob Hope and Jane Russell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). Both films were co-written by Frank Tashlin, who directed this film as well, and featured the Academy Award-winning song "Buttons and Bows" by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. According to the file on Son of Paleface in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library, writers Walter Reisch, Monte Brice and Barney Dean worked on the screenplay, but it has not been determined if they made any contributions to the released film.
       The Paramount Collection also contains a reference to the dance hall girls in Son of Paleface. While the film's onscreen credits list them as "8 Beautiful Girls 8," they were originally to be referred to as "The Dirty Shame Rockettes." During the film's opening scene, a shot of Bing Crosby driving a car is seen. In voice over, Hope refers to him as "an old character actor on the Paramount lot we try to keep working. He's supporting a large family. But I guarantee you this fellow will not be in the picture tonight." Noted Paramount producer and director Cecil B. DeMille also makes an unbilled cameo appearance in the film as a still photographer, and the film's co-writer/producer Robert L. Welch appears as his assistant.
       According to the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the song "California Rose" by Livingston and Evans was originally entitled "Rose of Monterey." Hollywood Reporter news items include Richard Martin, Michael Moore, Don Porter, Ralph Dumke, Albert Sharpe, Joe Irogoyen, Sharon Lucas, Jimmy Dundee and Alan Calm in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Jack Brooks received a 1952 Academy Award nomination in the "Best Song" category for his composition "Am I in Love?", but lost to the Dimitri Tiomkin-Ned Washington song "High Noon," from the Stanley Kramer film of the same name (see entry above).
       Son of Paleface was noted singing cowboy star Roy Rogers' last film for over twenty years. Aside from a brief cameo appearance in another Bob Hope western-comedy, Alias Jesse James, released in 1959 by United Artists (see entry above), Rogers went into a self-imposed retirement from the big screen until 1975, when he starred in Macintosh and T. J. for Penland Productions. Rogers remained a fixture on the small screen throughout the 1950s, however, as The Roy Rogers Show ran on the NBC television network from 1951 to 1957. According to modern sources, Son of Paleface was filmed from 13 August to October 6, 1951 at both Paramount Studios and Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer August 1953

Released in United States Summer August 1953