An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock.Written by
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There is still reason to applaud the movie's colorful production and irrepressible high spirits
From her first appearance aboard the stagecoach, singing "Deadwood Stage," Doris Day dominates the movie in exuberantpossibly too exuberantfashion, with strong assistance from Howard Keel and his virile voice
Returning home from a visit to Chicago, Day gives her account of the "Windy City" in a song that suggests Oklahoma!'s "Kansas City" in more ways than the title Her quarrelsome duet with Wild Bill"I Can Do Without You"echoes Annie Oakley's competitive duet with Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun."
But one song is all Doris Day'sand the film'svery own: walking through the countryside on a beautiful morning, Calamity realizes that she loves Bill, and in a voice exuding warmth and tender feeling, she sings the Academy Award-winning song "Secret Love."
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