Well, fancy that! Bob Hope and Lucille Ball join forces in a remake of Ruggles Of Red Gap and let loose a stampede of laughs. Wise-cracking Bob is a teddibly, teddibly British valet brought to the Old West to teach Old World charms to a certain redheaded tomboy. Of course, Bob's not really a valet. He's an out-of-work actor who's stumbled across the role of his life. It's tea at 4:00 p.m. and don't fan your soup with your hat - but will proper etiquette protect Bob from Lucy's jilted beau?
The script of FANCY PANTS, based on the popular novel by Harry Leon Wilson, provides stars Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and director George Marshall with the fantastically slapstick and silly material with which all three excel. Hope plays struggling actor Arthur Tyler, who is hired by a penniless British gentleman to act as his butler in order to impress nouveau riche Americans Agatha Floud (Lucille Ball) and her mother, Mrs. Floud. Hope's failures at maintaining even the smallest retinue of décor forces the British gent to let him go, but the Flouds are so enamored with Tyler that they hire him to work as their own butler in New Mexico. When Tyler arrives, he is confused as a visiting Earl, and is forced to maintain this charade when President Theodore Roosevelt comes to town. With New Mexico hoping the president's visit will help them achieve statehood, the political status of thousands rests firmly on Tyler's bumbling inability to be either British or royal. Meanwhile, Tyler and Aggie Floud are falling for each other, providing several fabulous scenes in which the two comic geniuses work their magic on each other.
Old West |
Slapstick Comedy |
Theatrical Release |