Calamity Jane
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Calamity Jane

4.9 13
Director: David Butler

Cast: David Butler, Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie

     
 

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Doris Day looks no more like the real Calamity Jane than you or I do, but this 1953 film is intended as a lighthearted musical, not a historical tract. As portrayed by the freckled Ms. Day, Jane is a rootin', tootin' shootin' hoyden in the western town of Deadwood. When she isn't tearing up the town, Jane spends her time cussing out Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel). The…  See more details below

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Doris Day looks no more like the real Calamity Jane than you or I do, but this 1953 film is intended as a lighthearted musical, not a historical tract. As portrayed by the freckled Ms. Day, Jane is a rootin', tootin' shootin' hoyden in the western town of Deadwood. When she isn't tearing up the town, Jane spends her time cussing out Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel). The plot gets under way when Jane promises the citizens of Deadwood that she can persuade classy Chicago stage star Adelaide Adams (Gale Robbins) to perform at the local opry house. Through a case of mistaken identity, Jane brings Adelaide's maid Katie (Allyn Ann McLerie) back to town. Katie proves to be a success all the same, and out of gratitude promises to make a "lady" out of Jane, who is sweet on handsome Lt. Gilmartin (Philip Carey). When the lieutenant chooses Katie over Jane, our heroine is heartbroken--until she realizes that she has loved Wild Bill Hickok all along, and that the feeling is mutual so far as Hickok is concerned. The peppy musical score by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster includes the Oscar-winning "Secret Love," which became a million-selling hit for Doris Day.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Doris Day got a real change-of-pace role when she took on Calamity Jane. Day pushes a little too hard as she tries to convince viewers that she's a rough, tough tomboy, and therefore is never quite believable, but Day puts so much energy and effort into it that most viewers will be willing to go along with her. The picture as a whole is one of Day's better musical vehicles. While it's undeniably derivative -- mostly of Annie Get Your Gun, but there's more than a dollop of Oklahoma! and The Harvey Girls as well -- it's well made and appealing. It also boasts a very generous Sammy Fain-Paul Francis Webster score -- some dozen numbers, most of which are winners. The opening, "Deadwood Stage," is a rouser, "Higher Than a Hawk" is an intriguing ballad, and the Oscar-winning "Secret Love" is charming, and very well performed by Day. Even "I Can Do Without You" and "Just Blew in From the Windy City," which are too obviously inspired by Annie's "Anything You Can Do" and Oklahoma's "Kansas City," are entertaining on their own terms. Aside from his sturdy baritone, Howard Keel doesn't contribute much to his part, but Allyn Ann McLerie is a delight, especially in her duet with Day, "A Woman's Touch." Director David Butler had worked with Day on several previous efforts and helmed her next effort, By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
UPC:
0012569705982
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
7,999

Special Features

Closed Caption; Premiere and awards newsreels; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português & Japanese

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Calamity Jane
Howard Keel Wild Bill Hickok
Allyn Ann McLerie Katie Brown
Philip Carey Lt. Danny GilMartin
Dick Wesson Francis Fryer
Paul Harvey Henry Miller
Chubby Johnson Rattlesnake
Gale Robbins Adelaide Adams
Dick Wessel Francis Fryer

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Jack Donohue Choreography
Sammy Fain Score Composer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
Irene Morra Editor
William Mueller Sound/Sound Designer
William Mueller Sound/Sound Designer
James Rice Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Fain and Webster Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:20]
2. The Deadwood Stage [4:45]
3. Yarns Over Sars' Prilly [2:01]
4. Cigarette Card Lady [2:56]
5. To Gillmartin's Rescue [2:43]
6. "Frances" Fryer [2:12]
7. Hive Full of Honey [2:17]
8. Calamity's Word [3:24]
9. I Can Do Without You [2:32]
10. Chicago-Bound [2:26]
11. 'Tis Harry I'm Plannin' to Marry [3:17]
12. 'Tis Harry I'm Plannin' to Marry Reprise [1:35]
13. Hustled [3:19]
14. Deadwood Welcome [4:02]
15. Just Blew In From the Windy City [3:05]
16. Wild Sioux Squaw Bill [3:09]
17. Keep It Under Your Hat: Katie Exposed [3:14]
18. Keep It Under Your Hat Katie's Way [3:02]
19. Calamity's Comeuppance [1:17]
20. Mutual Chaperons [1:30]
21. Higher Than a Hawk [2:30]
22. Cabinmates [2:48]
23. A Woman's Touch [4:14]
24. Gentlemen Callers [3:02]
25. Quite a Lady [5:28]
26. The Black Hills of Dakota [3:20]
27. That Can't Be Calamity! [2:58]
28. She's Riled [4:06]
29. 'Tis Harry I'm Plannin' to Marry: Squaring Off [3:07]
30. Out of Their Systems [3:23]
31. Secret Love [4:00]
32. Cool Reception [2:48]
33. Female Thinking [2:10]
34. Wedding Finale [2:51]

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