GenreComedy, Romance, Western Music directorLyn Murray CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 14, 1952 (1952-07-14) (USA) Based onTitle
by Author WriterFrank Tashlin, Robert L. Welch, Joseph Quillan CastBob Hope (Peter 'Junior' Potter Jr.), Jane Russell (Mike 'The Torch' Delroy), Roy Rogers (Roy Barton), Trigger (Trigger, Roy Barton's Horse), Bill Williams (Kirk), Lloyd Corrigan (Doc Lovejoy) Similar moviesSon of Paleface and The Paleface are part of the same movie series
Son of Paleface is a 1952 Western comedy 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.
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.
Bob Hope as Peter "Junior" Potter Jr.
Jane Russell as Mike "The Torch" Delroy
Roy Rogers as Roy Barton
Trigger as Trigger, Roy Barton's Horse
Bill Williams as Kirk
Lloyd Corrigan as Doc Lovejoy
Paul E. Burns as Ebenezer Hawkins
Douglass Dumbrille as Sheriff McIntyre
Harry von Zell as Mr. Stoner, the banker
Iron Eyes Cody as Chief Yellow Cloud
William 'Wee Willie' Davis as Blacksmith
Charles Cooley as Charley
Sylvia Lewis as Saloon Dancer
Jean Willes as Penelope
Cecil B. DeMille as photographer (uncredited)
The first choice Bob Hope wanted for the female lead was Maureen O'Hara but she turned the film down.
The film was the third most popular movie at the British box office in 1952.