Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate's gunman, she vowes to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes. Written by
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Cat Ballou Is All A Ball!
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Did You Know?
When filming the scene where Kid Shelleen takes a bath and dons his costume, director Elliot Silverstein
had all actions timed to the beat of a metronome, its pace increasing when Shelleen takes his guns. He planned to have the scene scored with Spanish guitars following this beat, but the producer was adamantly opposed to anything Spanish in a Western. In the end, electric guitars were used. See more
When Cat is jumping from the train, she jumps onto finely grained gravel and it appears from the sun angle that it is mid afternoon. In the very next shot, when they are dusting themselves off and laughing, the side of the track is large loose gravel and it appears from the sun angle that it is very late afternoon. See more
Professor Sam The Shade
, The Sunrise Kid
Well now friends just lend an ear for you're now about to hear the Ballad of Cat Ballou.
Opening credits are shown on the pages of a large book; an uncredited pair of hands turn the pages in time with the music. See more
Referenced in Rubin and Ed
Performed by Lee Marvin See more