Fancy Pants

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"Bob tames that "Wildcat" Gal!"
  • Approved
  • 1950
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.5  (1,457)

In the 1950 movie Fancy Pants, viewers are transported back to the Wild West era. The film stars Bob Hope as an actor who accidentally finds himself in the middle of a wild west adventure. Alongside Hope, Lucille Ball and Bruce Cabot deliver enjoyable performances in their supporting roles. The plot of Fancy Pants revolves around the actor's name, Humphrey Briggs. Briggs is a successful performer in New York City's theater scene, but after a mishap with a stage prop, he finds himself fleeing from the law. Briggs stumbles upon a train headed to the Wild West with the help of a kind train conductor.

Upon his arrival, Humphrey is mistaken for one of the townspeople and assumed to be the new council member. Unbeknownst to Humphrey, this is not a simple town, but one run by bandits and outlaws. The town's leader, played by Bruce Cabot, is a villainous character named Joe. Joe is infamous among the locals for his malicious behavior, and Humphrey soon becomes a thorn in Joe's side.

Lucille Ball plays Agatha Floud, who is initially tasked with keeping Humphrey in line. But as the film progresses, the two characters develop feelings for each other. Agatha is still promised to marry Joe, but with Humphrey's arrival, things get complicated.

The film contains several humorous moments, which are commonplace in Bob Hope's work. The comedic actor delivers his lines with precision and perfect timing, earning several laughs from the audience. Hope's witty banter is especially evident during the scenes where he interacts with the Wild West's residents.

One of the most memorable aspects of Fancy Pants is the film's costume design. The costumes are intricate and reflect the film's setting perfectly. The women's clothing, in particular, is impressive, with frilly dresses, hats, and gloves. It was not unusual for movies of this era to have lavish costumes, and Fancy Pants is no exception.

The movie also features musical numbers, presented in a vaudeville style. The songs may not be memorable, but they do serve as enjoyable entertainment that contributes to the film's overall charm. Bob Hope's musical performances are noteworthy, which may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with his versatile talent.

Apart from the acting, music, and costumes, the film's cinematography deserves mention. The camera angles perfectly capture the picturesque scenery of the Wild West landscape. Wide shots of the dusty, barren landscapes are aesthetically pleasing, and the cinematography is well executed.

Fancy Pants achieved financial success upon its release, likely due to its star cast and the appeal of the Wild West setting. While not a groundbreaking film, it is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, especially for fans of classic movies. The movie's comedic elements and love story are its strengths, and its production qualities are impressive considering the film was released over seven decades ago.

Overall, Fancy Pants is a light-hearted film that provides an enjoyable insight into the Wild West era. The successful combination of a talented cast, beautiful costumes, musical numbers, and impressive cinematography makes for an enjoyable movie-watching experience.

Fancy Pants is a 1950 music movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    1 hr 32 min
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    6.5  (1,457)