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Calamity Jane (1953)

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

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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>

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In the close-up shot of Calamity suspended by the rope from the saloon ceiling, it is obvious that the rope is holding steady quite some way off the vertical. A wire is visible suspended to the seat of her trousers. See more »

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The Black Hills of Dakota
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Howard Keel, Doris Day, with Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey and chorus;
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Mighty Pretty
10 April 2003 | by (London,England) – 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.




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