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Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

David Butler (1953)

96min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The opening sequence of this wonderful musical is pure pleasure, as Doris Day rides the Deadwood stage across the screen and into our hearts. This isn't the real Wild West, of course, but Warner Bros's Technicolored riposte to MGM's Annie Get Your Gun - the studio even poached the same leading man, handsome Howard Keel, who's excellent here as Wild Bill Hickok. The specially commissioned score is a treat, but the strength of the movie is Day, who gives a marvellous musical comedy performance in her finest role, creating a warm, robust yet tender character; just marvel at her timing in Just Blew In from the Windy City, while Secret Love, recorded by Day in just one take, won the best song Oscar and is beautifully staged by choreographer Jack Donohue. This is a true delight that repays many viewings.

Summary

Brash tomboy gunslinger Jane goes on a mission to save her home town's saloon from financial ruin by bringing in a famous stage star to perform. This ladylike entertainer befriends Jane and shows her how to use her womanly wiles to attract a handsome cavalry officer. Unfortunately, he falls for the songstress - who is not the real professional she pretends to be, but her maid. Musical comedy Western, with Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie and Philip Carey.

Cast & Crew

Calamity Jane Doris Day
Wild Bill Hickok Howard Keel
Katie Brown Allyn Ann McLerie
Lt Gilmartin Philip Carey
Francis Fryer Dick Wesson
Henry Miller Paul Harvey
Rattlesnake Chubby Johnson
Adelaide Adams Gale Robbins
Director David Butler
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

Music Comedy Drama

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