Cat Ballou

Cat Ballou

Elliot Silverstein (1965)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this entertaining comedy western, Jane Fonda's schoolteacher hires a gunman to avenge her murdered father. The man she winds up with 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.


A schoolteacher returns to her home town to find a ruthless railroad developer is trying to snatch her family's land. When her father is murdered by a hitman for refusing to sell his ranch, she resolves to defend the property, enlisting the aid of two small-time crooks and a drunken gunslinger with an equally inebriated horse. Musical comedy Western, starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, with music by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye.

Cast & Crew

Catherine `Cat' Ballou Jane Fonda
Kid Shelleen/Strawn Lee Marvin
Clay Boone Michael Callan
Professor Sam the Shade Nat King Cole
The Sunrise Kid Stubby Kaye
Jackson Two-Bears Tom Nardini
Frankie Ballou John Marley
Jed Dwayne Hickman
Director Elliot Silverstein
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama Music