The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

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David Butler

Writer:

James O'Hanlon
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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
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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>

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Gene Nelson was originally announced for one of male leads. See more »

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A tablecloth changes from red to blue. See more »

Quotes

Katie Brown: [song] Well now if you've got a cutie who's a real sweet petutie, better keep it under your hat. Just remember curiosity in fables of old, killed the curious cat. Well now if you've got a laddy who's a real sugar daddy, better take in the welcoming mat. Remember there's a dozen dolls for every dan, you're not the only sweetpea in the can, so if you wanna know the way to keep your man. Keep it under your hat. Keep it under your hat.
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Referenced in Mona Lisa Smile (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung and whistled by chorus behind credits, then sung by Doris Day and chorus
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A sure cure for the blues!
10 June 2003 | by SilentTypeSee all my reviews

`Calamity Jane' is a film I love to take from the shelves when I'm feeling blue. It's so exuberant, so joyous, and so colourful that it cannot help but cheer you up!

Doris Day plays the role of her career as the rambunctious `Calam', the wildcat tomboy of Deadwood City. The fun starts when Calamity is sent to the `windy city' of Chicago to find a vaudeville beauty who will perform at the local bar. Instead of the genuine article, Calamity ends up with the star's ambitious maid, Katie, who decides to make her stab at fame in the star's place. Together, the two find fun, love, and a whole lot of catchy tunes.

Sure, the fascinating real-life historical figure Calamity Jane didn't look much like Doris Day - let alone Howard Keel, who is the last person you'd describe as `wild' - and Jane's transformation from independent homesteader to blushing housewife isn't what you'd call P.C., but if you're looking for reality, head to the Martin Scorsese section. This is light-as-a-feather entertainment done very well, and I can't help but love it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1953 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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