Cat Ballou

  • PG
  • Elliot Silverstein (1965)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

In this entertaining comedy western, Jane Fonda's schoolteacher hires a gunman to avenge her murdered father. The man she hires is Kid Shelleen, a long-haired, buckskinned gunfighter played by Lee Marvin, who wakes up sozzled and gets worse by the minute. Even his horse is a drunkard, leaning against a barn for support. This showpiece role won an Oscar for Marvin, who also plays straight man to himself as Shelleen's psychopathic adversary, a killer with a silver nose. Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye string along for a singalong in what is an amiable and literally hit-and-miss affair that paved the way for such films as Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles.

Plot Summary

Comedy western starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. Schoolteacher Catherine Ballou returns home to find her father's life under threat from developers who want his ranch land. To protect him, Catherine assembles a motley bunch of outlaws including Kid Shelleen, an ageing gunfighter with a fondness for alcohol.

Cast and crew


Cat Ballou
Jane Fonda
Kid Shelleen / Tim Strawn
Lee Marvin
Clay Boone
Michael Callan
Dwayne Hickman
Jackson Two-Bears
Tom Nardini
Frankie Ballou
John Marley
Sir Harry Percival
Reginald Denny
Sheriff Cardigan
Jay C Flippen
Butch Cassidy
Arthur Hunnicutt
Sheriff Maledon
Bruce Cabot
Nat King Cole
Stubby Kaye


Elliot Silverstein

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG

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