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Calamity Jane -- The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

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Director:
Writer:
James O'Hanlon (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Yippeeeee!! It's the big bonanza in musical extravaganza! See more »
Plot:
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The best comedy western musical romance this side of Chicagee! See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Doris Day ... Calamity Jane

Howard Keel ... Wild Bill Hickok

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Katie Brown (as Allyn McLerie)

Philip Carey ... Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin
Dick Wesson ... Francis Fryer
Paul Harvey ... Henry Miller
Chubby Johnson ... Rattlesnake
Gale Robbins ... Adelaid Adams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenne Duncan ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Clarence Straight ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Victor Adamson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Chicagoan (uncredited)
Beulah Archuletta ... Indian Woman in Saloon Balcony (uncredited)
Edward Astran ... Bartender (uncredited)
George Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Prospector (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Barfly (uncredited)
Forrest Burns ... Rider (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Prospector (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Prospector (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Officer (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ben Corbett ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Officer's Wife in Reception Line (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Soldier at Dance (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Chicagoan (uncredited)
Terry Frost ... Prospector (uncredited)
Clem Fuller ... Barfly (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... Young Man with Flowers (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Barfly (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Angry Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Chicagoan (uncredited)
Brad Johnson ... Officer (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ray Jones ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... Singing Townsman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Chicagoan (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Beau - Saloon Drunk (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Barfly (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Man Who Gets Adelaide's Picture (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Tom London ... Prospector (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Barfly (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Citizen (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Artist (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Barfly (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Barfly (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Barfly (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Hank (uncredited)
William Meader ... Barfly Patting Lap (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Barfly (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Pete (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Morgan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Buck - Barfly (uncredited)
Joe Murphy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Zon Murray ... Colorado (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Barfly (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Joe - Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Barfly (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Chicago Street Flirt (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Barfly (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in Chicago Show (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Bartender with White Sideburns (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Indian (uncredited)
George Sowards ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Prospector (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Stage Hand (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Mcpherson - Minister (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Barfly (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Whitley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
David Butler 
 
Writing credits
James O'Hanlon (written by)

Produced by
William Jacobs .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (director of photography) (as Wilfrid M. Cline)
 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
 
Set Decoration by
G.W. Berntsen 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Quinn .... assistant director (as Phil Quinn)
Claude Archer .... assistant director: dance unit (uncredited)
Russell Llewellyn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Budd Friend .... props (uncredited)
Ben L. Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Harry Goldman .... props: dance unit (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as David Forrest)
Stanley Jones .... sound
Ora Hudson .... boom operator (uncredited)
William A. Mueller .... sound (uncredited)
Marvin Stoltz .... cable boy (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Emile Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Clem Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunt double: Doris Day (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Lee Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Shoup .... wardrobe
Mary Dery .... set wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Ralph Hibbs .... set wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marie Pickering .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Frank Comstock .... orchestrations
Jack Donohue .... musical numbers staged and directed by
Sammy Fain .... original songs: music by
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Norman Luboff .... vocal arrangements
Paul Francis Webster .... original songs: lyrics by
 
Other crew
Emory Horger .... dialogue director (as Emory Hoerger)
Mitchell Kovaleski .... Technicolor color consultant (as Mitchell G. Kovaleski)
Ernie Flatt .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter .... dance stand-in: Doris Day (uncredited)
Dave Kashner .... coach (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Edward Scott .... assistant: dance unit (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)
Distributors

Additional Details

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Runtime:
101 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (certificate #16445) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gene Nelson was originally announced for one of male leads.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The arrow which lodges in Adelaid Adams' trunk atop the stagecoach casts two shadows, revealing studio lighting.See more »
Quotes:
Wild Bill Hickok:That's a right-smart looking harness you got on there.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Secret LoveSee more »

FAQ

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The best comedy western musical romance this side of Chicagee!, 15 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Calamity Jane (Doris Day) is the tom-cowboy to end all tom-cowboys, known for her feisty attitude and tallish tales of fighting Indians. When saloon/theater owner Henry Miller (Paul Harvey) is faced with angry Deadwood residents because he tries to pass off a man in drag as the attractive New York actress he promised (he made the mistake based on the actor's name), "Calam" promises to go to "Chicagee" and bring back an actress all of the men are going gaga for because of her picture on cigarette cards.

Director David Butler's Calamity Jane delivers on many ends--it's a musical featuring catchy songs, many sung by one of the greatest songstresses of her era, Doris Day, and a few incredibly choreographed; it's a frequently hilarious comedy; it's suspenseful in quite a few scenes (usually through realistic dramatic tension); it's a beautifully shot western with fantastic sets; and in the end, it's a grand romance.

Day carries the film with her unusual, enjoyable, amusingly butch character. She plays Calamity Jane with boundless energy and physical aplomb--you wouldn't catch many modern film performers doing some of the stunts that Day does here. Butler usually keeps the camera close enough to Day that you can see it's her--she hasn't been supplanted with a stuntperson, and during one bit of choreography, Butler has Day jumping and flipping over bars and being taken up to a second story balcony and set back down with lots of uninterrupted takes. Most modern directors would break up the choreography into a series of relatively easy steps, creating physics defying agility through clever cutting. Day has to perform the steps as if she were doing the number on a Broadway stage.

Calamity and most of the rest of Deadwood, South Dakota are funny because of their backwoods naivety. That can be a difficult thing to sell to viewers, but when Francis Fryer (Dick Wesson) almost gets away with his necessary cross-dressing shtick, it's believable. Calamity's trip to Chicago has some particularly hilarious moments. The humor also works as well as it does because the two men who are the later romantic interests, Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel) and Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey), are the primary ones who seem to have a more objective perspective on the town's gullibility and Calamity's tall tales (although there are hints that their skepticism is not so uncommon).

Many viewers are most attracted to the film because of its evolution into a romance in the last act. Day's transformation in this section is handled expertly--if you watch her closely, she never quite loses her Calamity tomboyishness, but she also makes more than just a physical transformation. But it's not just Day who is excellent--all of the performances in the film are good.

For me, Calamity Jane is one of the most successful combinations of comedy and a still serious western. It's everything that Cat Ballou (1965) should have been, but mostly fell flat with. Don't miss it if you're a fan of either musicals or good-natured westerns.

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