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Calamity Jane -- Doris Day is at her best as the roughest, toughest, rootin'-tootin' gal of the wild West, riding, roping and shooting her way through a jamboree of action and hit songs.
Calamity Jane -- The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.


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Release Date:
4 November 1953 (USA) See more »
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The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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:
Victor Adamson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Chicagoan (uncredited)
Beulah Archuletta ... Indian Woman in Saloon Balcony (uncredited)
George Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Prospector (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Townsman (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)
Paul Cristo ... Man in Chicago Show (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Bartender (uncredited)
Luigi Faccuito ... Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Barfly (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)
Kenneth Gibson ... Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Indian (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Man at Fort Dance (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 ... Stage Hand (uncredited)
Brad Johnson ... Officer (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ray Jones ... Barfly (uncredited)
Dave Kashner ... 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)
Richard LaMarr ... 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)
Bob Reeves ... Barfly (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Barfly (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Barfly (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Chicago Street Flirt (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Barfly (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in Chicago Show (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Bartender with White Sideburns (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Barfly (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)
Bob Whitney ... Bartender (uncredited)
Billy Wilkerson ... Indian (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)
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)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | 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?

A Columbia Records album of selections from the Sammy Fain-Paul Francis Webster film score was comprised of four songs directly from the soundtrack (supervised by Ray Heindorf), and four tunes commercially rerecorded by Doris Day alone (arranged and conducted by Paul Weston). The original 10-inch LP has been transferred to CD in Britain by Prism Platinum. In 1995, another English label, Jay Records, re-created the complete film score, adding five numbers from the 1979 British stage production.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The woman who plays Frances Fryer's date for the Ft. Scully ball is also seen in the chorus line for the Adelaid Adams finale in Chicago and then again with the group of ladies catching the wedding bouquets at the end of the movie.See more »
Calamity Jane:Enjoy the show!See more »
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
"Whip Crack Away, Whip Crack Away, Whip Crack Away", 16 September 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I defy anyone not to like this musical and Doris Day's infectious portrayal of Calamity Jane. Even those who did not later like her later characterizations as the All American virgin have to give her musical talent it's due. When she opens up the movie with The Deadwood Stage number the viewer is immediately caught up in the whole lighthearted spirit of the movie.

It was interesting that Warner Brothers got Howard Keel from MGM to play opposite Doris. After all they did have Gordon MacRae at Warners and he and Doris had done a few successful films together.

Possibly the reason is to see what the public missed when Doris did not play opposite Keel in Annie Get Your Gun. She wanted the part of Annie Oakley very badly, but a deal with MGM couldn't be made. I think this might have been Jack Warner's mea culpa to her.

The duet that Howard and Doris sing I Can Do Without You is certainly inspired by Irving Berlin's Anything You Can Do. Imagine Keel singing it with Doris instead of Betty Hutton.

In fact Doris's whole character is ripped off from Annie Get Your Gun. But I really don't care because she does such a fabulous job.

Sammy Fain's and Paul Francis Webster's score for Calamity Jane isn't as top heavy with hits as Annie Get Your Gun, but it did provide Doris with one of her best songs and biggest movie hits up to that time. Secret Love won the Oscar for Best Song of 1953 and her singing of it is primo.

In the early sixties Doris Day did an album of the songs from Annie Get Your Gun with Robert Goulet playing Frank Butler and a whole ensemble for the other parts. Now that was a great album and it should have been a great flick.

They really unfortunately don't make them like this any more or even a fraction as good.

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