Son of Paleface

Son of Paleface is a 1952 American Technicolor Comedy Musical 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
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
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 now heads west to the town of Sawbuck Pass to claim his Daddy's fortune. Driving into town in a jalopy and wearing a comical plaid suit, he splashes mud all over a crowd of townspeople. He also discovers to his horror that practically everyone in town claims to be owed a debt, and that his father's treasure chest is empty.

Junior stalls the townfolk for as long as he can, continually making allusions to his wealth. 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. A grizzled local character also befriends Junior and continues offering him advice, eventually finding the hiding place of his father's hidden fortune. Meanwhile, a mysterious masked bandit known only as "The Torch" has been leading midnight raids.

What the wise-cracking, clueless Junior doesn't know is that the object of his affections, Mike, is in fact The Torch, and that Roy is a government agent with a Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle hidden in his guitar case, bent on capturing her.



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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