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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 »
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Great western spoof, and Lee Marvin steals the film! See more (91 total) »


  (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 ... Brothel Customer (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?

Jackson Two-Bears remarks in the beginning of the film that he was just a young child during Custer's last stand. That would be about right. The graduation photo of Catherine Ballou says it was 1894, and Custer's last stand was 18 years earlier. Two-Bears looks like he would have been a kid then.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Toward the end of the film, the "runaway" beer wagon team is being driven by a crew member, clearly visible under the casks.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:
Edited into A Clockwork Orange (1971)See more »
Shall We Gather at the River?See more »


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58 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Great western spoof, and Lee Marvin steals the film!, 15 January 2005
Author: Billie from United States

Cat Ballou is a movie spoof unlike any other, and a great parody of the Western film genre. Jane Fonda appears in one of her most playful film roles ("Barbarella" is another light and funny Fonda classic), and Lee Marvin gives one of his finest film performances (he won his Oscar for his dual roles). Add to this mix a wondrous soundtrack, with Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye as minstrels of sorts who stroll and sing throughout, making the film almost seem like a musical; an outstanding supporting cast including Michael Callan (who later appeared on TV's "One Life to Live"), and Dwayne Hickman (TV's Dobie Gillis), and the result is this hilarious, thoroughly entertaining film that was nominated for five Academy Awards (Marvin was the sole winner).

Catherine Ballou (Fonda)is a recently graduated-from-school schoolteacher returning home to live with her father on his ranch, but he is gunned down upon her arrival. She enlists the help of a loyal ranch-hand, a couple of outlaws, and most notably, a has-been gunman by the name of Kid Sheleen (Marvin) to help her get revenge. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable film that still stands up today, and Lee Marvin stealing the entire film in his amazing dual role performance as both Tim Strong and Kid Sheleen. Lee Marvin alone makes the film well worth seeing.

The dialogue is great. Take this exchange as an example:

Jackson Two-Bears: "Kid, Kid, what a time to fall off the wagon. Look at your eyes." Kid Sheleen: "What's wrong with my eyes?" Jackson Two-Bears: "Well they're red; bloodshot." Kid Sheleen: "You ought to see 'em from my side."

I was thrilled when the widescreen special edition of this long-time favorite of mine came out in 2003, and on DVD. I have the soundtrack on vinyl, but I have always wished that it would come out on CD; Nat King Cole is one of my all-time favorite singers, and his rendition of "They'll Never Make Me Cry" always makes me...anyway. This film still hasn't lost any of its humor or fun with the passing of time, and stays on of my personal "top ten list" of comedy.

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