7.3/10
6,865
74 user 20 critic

Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 November 1953 (USA)
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards
Pillow Talk (1959)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Teacher's Pet (1958)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hard-nosed newspaper editor poses as a night school student in order to woo a journalism teacher who cannot stand him.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hypochondriac believes he is dying, and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A showgirl returns to her New York home to visit her alcoholic mother, where she catches the eye of a Broadway producer.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After five years lost at sea, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband remarries.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Katie Brown (as Allyn McLerie)
...
Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin
Dick Wesson ...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Yippeeeee!! It's the big bonanza in musical extravaganza! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schwere Colts in zarter Hand  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)' contains the lyric, "We'll be home tonight by the light of the silvery moon". The same year 'Calamity Jane' was released, Doris Day starred in By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). See more »

Goofs

When Francis Fryer is really getting into his number ("I've Got A Hive Full of Honey"), he drops his handkerchief while backing up to the trombonist. A quick cut and the chiffon hankie is back in his hand. He didn't stop to pick it up off the floor. See more »

Quotes

Calamity Jane: [singing] At last my heart's an open door / And my secret love's no secret any more.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Torchwood: Out of Time (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep It Under Your Hat
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed (twice) by Allyn Ann McLerie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Mighty Pretty
10 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

For a film that is fifty years old 'Calamity Jane' still entertains. It is usually compared unfavorably to 'Annie Get Your Gun' but I always enjoy this more. Doris Day dominates the film; dressed in buckskin or in frills, toting a gun or wielding a broom, belting out a song or doing a pratfall. Certainly a high point of her varied career. Her sheer energy is breath taking and it is no wonder that the rest of the cast seem subdued in comparison. Even Howard Keel is a bit wooden.

The songs are great, scattered through the uncomplicated plot like jewels, from the bouncy 'Deadwood Stage' to the combative 'I Can Do Without You' to the under rated 'High As A Hawk' and climaxing with the anthemic 'Secret Love'. 'A Woman's Touch' is not proof to our modern cynicism (for good reason) but it is still jolly song.

Looking back we can give other readings of the film; the cross dressing, the gay resonances, the treatment of the native Americans, the ownership of land. Which may all be true but it is basically what it is, a colourful and tuneful film that can be enjoyed time after time. It is mighty pretty and on its own terms pretty mighty.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 74 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page