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Cat Ballou -- 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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Release Date:
24 June 1965 (USA) See more »
A gen-u-ine movie first! A way-out whopper! A funny movie? YOU BET IT IS...! See more »
A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Shelleen / Strawn

Jane Fonda ... Cat Ballou

Michael Callan ... Clay Boone

Dwayne Hickman ... Jed

Nat 'King' Cole ... Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
Stubby Kaye ... Shouter / Sam the Shade
Tom Nardini ... Jackson Two-Bears

John Marley ... Frankie Ballou

Reginald Denny ... Sir Harry Percival

Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Cardigan

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Butch Cassidy

Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Maledon

Burt Mustin ... Accuser
Paul Gilbert ... Train Messenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Blank ... Townsman (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Mabel Bentley (uncredited)
Jimmie Booth ... Townsman (uncredited)
Patrick Campbell ... Undertaker (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Deputy at Hanging (uncredited)
Dorothy Claire ... Singing Tart (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Brawler (uncredited)

Nick Cravat ... Minor Role (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Ford ... Brothel Customer (uncredited)
John Francis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Maxine Gates ... Big Woman (uncredited)
Ayllene Gibbons ... Hedda (uncredited)
Joseph Glick ... Townsman (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Townsman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joseph Hamilton ... Frenchie (uncredited)

Elizabeth Harrower ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Chester Hayes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Honey Girl (uncredited)
Duke Hobbie ... Homer (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... Hardcase (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Brawler (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lew Jenkins ... Crewcut Man Throwing Punch at Dance (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Lilley ... Brawler (uncredited)
Billy McCoy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ivan L. Middleton ... Train Fireman (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Banjo Player (uncredited)

Robert Phillips ... Klem (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Quijada ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Leoda Richards ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Chuck Roberson ... Armed Guard (uncredited)
Everett L. Rohrer ... Train Engineer (uncredited)

John Roy ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jerry Rush ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Milan Smith ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Hangman (uncredited)
Erik Sorenson ... Sir Harry's Valet (uncredited)
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Parker (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Townsman with Hairpiece (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... James (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Ted White ... Gunslinger (uncredited)

Directed by
Elliot Silverstein 
Writing credits
Walter Newman (screenplay) and
Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson)

Roy Chanslor (based on a novel by)

Produced by
Harold Hecht .... producer
Mitch Lindemann .... associate producer
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as De Vol)
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (director of photography) (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Set Decoration by
Richard Mansfield 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Lee Lukather .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Earl Snyder .... sound
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunt double (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Cravat .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tex Hill .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Lee Marvin (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Preston .... stunt double: Cat Balou (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Animation Department
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... character designer (uncredited)
Lee Lukather .... character designer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Thomas .... gowns designed by: Miss Fondas
Gordon T. Dawson .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Miriam Nelson .... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Richard Mansfield .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Jean-Étienne Siry .... poster designer (french version) (uncredited)
Al Yanks .... horse trainer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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  • Pathé  Eastman color film stock supplied by (uncredited)

Additional Details

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97 min
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-8 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1992) (2003) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20896) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: At the beginning of the train robbery sequence, a then-modern signal box is visible beside the tracks.See more »
[first lines]
Professor Sam The Shade, The 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Legend of Zorro (2005)See more »
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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious, 23 July 2003
Author: grahamsj3 from United States

This film is a hilarious spoof of most of the serious oaters. Lee Marvin, who plays TWO roles, won Best Actor for this film and deserved it! This was before Jane Fonda became Hanoi Jane and I liked her back then. The plot is an oater standard - revenge for the relative (Jane's father) who'd been murdered. She hires a famous gunslinger (Marvin) to fight another gunslinger (also Marvin). This is a classic comedy and I think anyone would enjoy it!

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