Fancy Pants Studio: Paramount Year: 1950 Rated: G Length: 92 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Audio: English Mono English subtitles, closed captioned Special Features: none S.R.P. $14.99 Release Date: June 29, 2004 Bob Hope is Arthur Tyler, an actor, posing as an English nobleman in this entertaining musical farce - a remake of Ruggles of Red Gap. Agatha Floud (Lucille Ball) is a wealthy southern belle, in on the act (to her dismay), as Hope plays Earl to Teddy Roosevelt. The first act, which takes place in England, is underplayed - simply setting the scene for the events to follow in the American South. Hope’s agility with doublespeak and slapstick is played to near perfection here, as Lucille Ball plays a more straight role. The third act, with Hope entertaining Roosevelt in a fox hunt while trying to hide his true identity, is the icing on the cake. Made in 1950,Fancy Pants is a period piece (taking place in the first decade of the 1900’s) - but still manages to be dated by some humor which would be considered inappropriate today, due to ethnic humor and slang. In particular, there are uncomfortable caricatures of Native Americans and Asians. The slurs are not intentionally mean-spirited, and reflect the times in which the film was made. What more can be said of a Bob Hope classic... description doesn’t do the film justice. Video This film was made in Academy ratio, and is presented in fullscreen. The image is, for the most part, sharp and detailed. Colors are beautifully saturated, though hues tend to exhibit mild shifts, on occasion. Contrast is good, with strong black levels and good shadow detail. Grain is minimal, and only an occasional speck of dust is visible on the print. Though this film is presented in its original aspect ratio, I must admit that some of the dance numbers seemed really cramped in this format. One can’t fault the transfer for that, however - it’s just an observation. This transfer is very nice, for its age. Audio Fancy Pants is presented with the original English mono track, in two channels. Frequency response is somewhat limited, but dialog sounds acceptable and is always intelligible. There is some slight flutter in the higher frequencies which, unfortunately, becomes quite prominent in the musical numbers. If it weren’t for the flutter, this would be a very good mono track. Special Features There are none. Final Thoughts Fancy Pants is an entertaining farce with engaging performances from comedic legends. Toss in a couple of light musical numbers, and you have some good old-fashioned entertainment. Aside from the audio flutter during the musical sequences, this is a fine transfer of a Bob Hope / Lucille Ball classic.