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Cat Ballou

  • Comedy
  • Musical
  • 1965
  • Elliot Silverstein
  • 92 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Cat BallouJane Fonda
Kid Shelleen / Tim StrawnLee Marvin
Clay BooneMichael Callan
JedDwayne Hickman
Jackson Two-BearsTom Nardini
Frankie BallouJohn Marley
Sir Harry PercivalReginald Denny
Sheriff CardiganJay C Flippen
Butch CassidyArthur Hunnicutt
Sheriff MaledonBruce Cabot
ShouterNat King Cole
ShouterStubby Kaye

Crew

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DirectorElliot Silverstein

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Released on
1965-09-06
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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