Retro Importing: Can you play PAL games in an American NES?

Not sure if this is too old of a question for anyone to answer, but I can't seem to find a straight answer on Google and I don't really understand the differences between the TV formats. I assume I'd need some kind of converter to circumvent the region lockout chip in the system, but will the image even display correctly on an NTSC TV even if I got the system to boot the game?