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Cat Ballou (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
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A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
Stubby Kaye ...
Shouter / Sam the Shade
Tom Nardini ...
Sheriff Cardigan
Sheriff Maledon
Paul Gilbert ...
Train Messenger


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>

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Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film inspired NBC to make two different pilots which aired on consecutive days in 1971: Cat Ballou (1971) with Lesley Ann Warren, and Cat Ballou (1971) with Forrest Tucker. See more »


When Kid Shelleen is "fortifying" himself from Jackson Two Bear's whiskey bottle, he re-corks the bottle after the first swig, but does not uncork it to take the second swig. See more »


[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.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Version of Cat Ballou (1971) See more »


Shall We Gather at the River?
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Sung by the Townsfolk
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What's the Matter? Cat Got Your Tongue?
21 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prim, proper and beautiful school teacher Jane Fonda (in the titled role) returns home to find that father John Marley is being threatened by some evil men in town who are looking to build a railroad through property that he refuses to sell. She sends for gunslinger Lee Marvin (in a hilarious and surprising Oscar-winning turn) to protect her father and her new friends (who have sorted pasts by the way). What she did not know is that Marvin is way past his prime and has turned into little more than an alcoholic lush. An assassin (Marvin again) with a fake nose does eventually get to Marley and now it is up to Fonda, Marvin and company to bring the men who killed her father to justice. Oh did I mention that the story is told via musical interludes by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye? "Cat Ballou" is a wild and uproarious movie that works really well due to its creative ideas. Part Western, part musical, part comedy and part drama, the movie creates a large jumble that actually works amazingly well. Marvin, easily doing the work of his career, dominates a movie that has many memorable elements to it. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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