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Fancy Pants (film)

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Fancy Pants
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Screenplay byEdmund L. Hartmann
Robert O'Brien
Richard Flournoy
Monte Brice
Barney Dean
Irving Elinson
Based onRuggles of Red Gap
1915 novel
by Harry Leon Wilson
Produced byRobert L. Welch
StarringBob Hope
Lucille Ball
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byArchie Marshek
Music byVan Cleave
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 19, 1950 (1950-07-19)
Running time
92 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.6 million (US rentals)[1]

Fancy Pants is a 1950 American Technicolor romantic comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. It is a musical adaptation of Ruggles of Red Gap.


A British actor attempts to impress visiting American relatives by having the cast of his drawing-room comedy pose as his aristocratic family. The American mother persuades the butler (Hope), really a struggling American actor playing a British butler, to come to the United States with them. She sends a telegram home, referring to him as a "gentleman's gentleman," which the rural western townfolk misunderstand as being an aristocrat and presumably the future husband of the family's tomboyish daughter (Ball). Hope must now pretend to the family that he is a British butler while pretending to the rest of the town, and the visiting President Theodore Roosevelt that he is a politically savvy Englishman.

The deception is eventually uncovered, and the actor and the family's daughter eventually fall in love.


See also


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951

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