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Calamity Jane

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1953
  • David Butler (1)
  • 96 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Calamity JaneDoris Day
Wild Bill HickokHoward Keel
Katie BrownAllyn Ann McLerie
Lt GilmartinPhilip Carey
Francis FryerDick Wesson
Henry MillerPaul Harvey
RattlesnakeChubby Johnson
Adelaide AdamsGale Robbins

Crew

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DirectorDavid Butler (1)

Details

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