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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 »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Harry Leon Wilson (story), Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Trivia

The production did not just reuse rooms from the "Sunset Boulevard" set but fixtures and furnishings too. The most obvious is Norma Desmond's famous staircase with only the back walls and windows changed. When Humphrey recounts his duel to the death he collapses into a red brocade wing chair, very prominent when Norma does her Chaplin act, and beside him is a heavy sideboard which otherwise stood beneath Norma's full-length portrait covered in her photograph frames. One of the large cherub candelabra from Norma's bedroom also stands in the Floud's drawing room, as well as many other shared lamps, mirrors and chairs. See more »

Goofs

Bob Hope stifles a laugh when, having served Norma Varden, he almost knocks the teapot over turning back with the sugar bowl. See more »

Quotes

Agatha: Gee, if you're an actor, we've got a chance, and if you're a good actor this could be the biggest job you ever had.
Humphrey: Yeah, and I'd be the star - that's a step up... and an audience of three - that's a step up.
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Crazy Credits

"Starring Mr. Robert Hope (Formerly Bob)". See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Home Cookin'
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope, Lucille Ball (dubbed by Annette Warren) (uncredited)
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Lame Comedy
3 September 2008 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

A rich American woman hires a British butler and brings him to New Mexico unaware that he's an American actor. A disappointing remake of "Ruggles of Red Gap," given the potentially potent teaming of Hope and Ball. The first segment of the film that takes place in Britain is so lame that it doesn't even elicit a chuckle. Once the action moves to New Mexico, there are a few laughs but the comedy is still labored. The funniest bit has to do with dogs chasing Hope instead of the fox during a fox hunt. Hope and Ball seem to be trying but the script is a dud. Alexander, who imagined he was Teddy Roosevelt in "Arsenic and Old Lace," plays the president here.


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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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