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
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Did You Know?
The film's horse trainer told Elliot Silverstein
that the scene where a horse leans against a wall with its front legs crossed could not be shot because horses don't cross their legs, then that it might be possible if he had a couple of days. Silverstein invoked his rank as director and gave him an hour. The trainer plied the horse with sugar cubes while repeatedly pushing its leg into position, and they were able to get the shot. 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
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The Ballad of Cat Ballou
Performed by Stubby Kaye
& Nat 'King' Cole See more