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Cat Ballou (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, 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.

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Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
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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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The "shouters" are identified as "Professor Sam the Shade and the Sunrise Kid" in their song, but Stubby Kay was supposed to be the Sunrise Kid and Nat King Cole was to be Professor Sam the Shade. As they sang the song, however they indicated by their body language that Stubby was the Shade and Cole was Sunrise. The tight shooting schedule, or perhaps the director's recognition of the comedic irony of the switch resulted in it being left In the final edit. See more »

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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 »

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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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The traditional Columbia logo turns into a cartoon figure who strips her gown off, and becomes a caricature of Jane Fonda in a cowboy outfit. She then fires her guns into the air, the ground, and across her body multiple times! See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Written by Augustus Montague Toplady
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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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