Fancy Pants
Theatrical re-release poster ca. 1961
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Screenplay by
Based onRuggles of Red Gap
by Harry Leon Wilson
Produced byRobert L. Welch
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byArchie Marshek
Music byVan Cleave
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 19, 1950 (1950-07-19) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.6 million (US rentals)[1]

Fancy Pants is a 1950 American romantic comedy western 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 two visiting American women, Efflie Floud and her tomboyish daughter, Agatha, by having the cast of his drawing-room comedy pose as his aristocratic family. Effie persuades the 'butler', Humphrey, really a struggling American actor named Arthur Tyler, to accompany them to the United States and help to refine both her husband and daughter. She sends a telegram home, referring to the person she believes is Humphrey as a "gentleman's gentleman", which the rural western townfolk misunderstand as meaning he is an aristocrat and presumably the future husband of Agatha. Arthur must now pretend to the family that he is this 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 gradually fall in love.


See also


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