MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 836 this week

Cat Ballou (1965)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 8,937 users  
Reviews: 83 user | 30 critic

A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 30 Sep 2010
 
a list of 45 titles
created 16 Aug 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 21 Dec 2012
 
a list of 29 images
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cat Ballou" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cat Ballou (1965)

Cat Ballou (1965) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cat Ballou.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan
Go West (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancée back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A wagon train heads for Denver with a cargo of whisky for the miners. Chaos ensues as the Temperance League, the US cavalry, the miners and the local Indians all try to take control of the ... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Jim Hutton
Duck Soup (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Directors: Tonino Valerii, Sergio Leone
Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Millie comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality and white slavers.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A drifter comes to town where his brother is sheriff. His brother is actually a robber who broke the real sheriff's leg and left him for dead, and became sheriff in order to hide out. They ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Steffen Zacharias
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Jed
...
Shouter (as Nat King Cole)
Stubby Kaye ...
Shouter
...
...
...
...
Sheriff Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
...
Sheriff Maledon
...
Accuser
Paul Gilbert ...
Train Messenger
Edit

Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Is this the way to make a funny movie...? You bet it is! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cat Ballou skjuter skarpt  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the "runaway" beer wagon topples over, a cable can be seen running from the top of its "Brennan's Brewery" sign to the left foreground, pulling the wagon over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Sam The ShadeThe Sunrise Kid: [singing] Well now friends just lend an ear for you're now about to hear the Ballad of Cat Ballou.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening Columbia logo is followed by the first verse of the "Cat Ballou" song, sung by Nat 'King' Cole and Stubby Kaye, complete with scenes of the town. We then see go to the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The A-Team: A Small and Deadly War (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Performed by Lee Marvin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"The Queen Of The Outlaws, Her Name Is Cat Ballou"
2 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cat Ballou's significance in film history is not the quality of the film itself, though it's a pretty funny piece of work. It's because it vaulted Lee Marvin up from the ranks of featured players and made him a star with an hysterical Oscar winning performance.

It's also the only time in film history that anyone won an Oscar for a dual role. Marvin is featured as deadly contract killer, Jack Strawn and as his alcoholic brother Kid Shelleen.

The brothers get into a range feud and opposite sides. An eastern conglomerate headed by Reginald Denny is putting the squeeze on John Marley right at the same time as his daughter Jane Fonda in the title role is coming back from eastern finishing school.

Marley and Fonda have a hired killer strong arming them, so at the suggestion of a curious gang of friends she's developed, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, and Tom Nardini, she goes and gets her own outlaw.

Of course the dueling Marvins do have it out and I think you can guess who won.

Sometimes it's easy to forget about some of the others in Cat Ballou because of Marvin's Oscar. Jane Fonda looks like she's having a great old time, satirizing certain themes that are sacred in Hollywood westerns. She plays her role as the budding Calamity Jane absolutely straight and lets the comedy fall around her.

One favorite I have from the film is Hollywood veteran Reginald Denny. In the old days he was usually a rival or best friend to various leading men in the Hollywood English colony. He looks like he's having one grand old time playing the rakish Harry Percival the chief villain of Cat Ballou.

The film is helped along with those singing narrations by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye. At one time Cole and Kaye are in a bordello and he's both singing and playing the honky tonk piano. Since Cole's velvet syrupy singing is what most remember him for, it's good to remember that in the beginning Cole was a jazz pianist and his original records were with the Nat King Cole Trio as a pianist. His singing was something added and then took over his career. Cole was one of the great and most unique voices of the last century, he left us way too soon.

Four years later John Wayne won his Oscar for the boozy Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. What I would have loved to have seen is Wayne and Marvin playing their Oscar winning characters in a dual venture. That would have been a movie to remember.

As is the funny and touching Cat Ballou.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best western comedy? Theo87
What did you think of this film? Sandy86
A very HOT Jane Fonda lympog
Cloumbia torch lady turns into Cat Ballou clive-ihd
Strawn's nose pilot4591
horses name cindy-holley
Discuss Cat Ballou (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?