7.3/10
7,480
78 user 23 critic

Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 November 1953 (USA)
Trailer
2:46 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director:

David Butler

Writer:

James O'Hanlon
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards
Pillow Talk (1959)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A debt-ridden circus is saved by a well-meaning but inept publicity man.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd
Oklahoma! (1955)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
Tea for Two (1950)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A socialite with aspirations of a career in show business bets her wealthy uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for two days straight, hoping winning will help her fulfill her dreams.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hypochondriac believes he is dying and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Calamity Jane
Howard Keel ... Wild Bill Hickok
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Katie Brown (as Allyn McLerie)
Philip Carey ... Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin
Dick Wesson ... Francis Fryer
Paul Harvey ... Henry Miller
Chubby Johnson ... Rattlesnake
Gale Robbins ... Adelaid Adams
Edit

Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Yippeeeee!! It's the big bonanza in musical extravaganza! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calamity Jane See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Warner Bros. studio head Jack Warner decided to make "Calamity Jane" after he tried - and failed - to buy the movie rights to "Annie Get Your Gun" as a vehicle for Doris Day. He not only drew on another legendary "wild woman" of the Old West for his heroine, he hired the same male star, Howard Keel, who'd appeared in the film of Annie Get Your Gun (1950). See more »

Goofs

The city of Deadwood in South Dakota is more than 900 miles from Chicago and yet various characters have no difficulty in traveling between the two cities from time to time. There were no cars or planes at the time and on horseback or coach would have taken at least a month. The person who wrote this must have missed the part where Calamity was on the train and also the the comment on the way back that 'The last 90 miles is by stage'. So it would have taken maybe a week for the round trip. See more »

Quotes

Calamity Jane: Whip, crack, away!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Higher than a Hawk
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Howard Keel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Whip Crackaway! Here comes the Deadwood Stage!
14 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Bursting with rollicking songs, 'Calamity Jane' starts with a brisk opening number, "The Deadwood Stage" that sets the tone for the jaunty, ear-pleasing musical numbers to follow--with Doris Day and Howard Keel in top form making each song a sheer delight. Day has fun with her role as the tomboy heroine who mistakenly brings the wrong actress to Deadwood--but in true musical fashion, both women end up with a man of their own. The score is splendid with 'Secret Love' given a great interpretation by Day (both vocally and visually). But the other songs are equally worth listening to: Higher Than A Hawk, The Black Hills of Dakota, A Woman's Touch (one of the catchiest numbers), and, of course, Just Blew In From The Windy City in which Day's singing and dancing talents are in high gear. Watch how gracefully she performs the "lifts" to the balcony, never missing a beat. Even though the story is nothing less than preposterous, the cast is so expert they make you forget the unrealities of the script. Just sit back and enjoy!! When Day and Keel lift their voices in song, they can do no wrong.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 78 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed