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Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 November 1953 (USA)
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The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Calamity Jane
... Wild Bill Hickok
... Katie Brown (as Allyn McLerie)
... Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin
... Francis Fryer
... Henry Miller
... Rattlesnake
... 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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4 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Schwere Colts in zarter Hand  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The western street exteriors seen here as Deadwood City had earlier been used as war-torn Atlanta in Gone with the Wind, as well as appearing in countless Warner Brothers Westerns. 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

Wild Bill Hickok: That's a right-smart looking harness you got on there.
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Soundtracks

The Black Hills of Dakota
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Howard Keel, Doris Day, with Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey, and Chorus;
also danced at ball
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There is still reason to applaud the movie's colorful production and irrepressible high spirits…
22 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

From her first appearance aboard the stagecoach, singing "Deadwood Stage," Doris Day dominates the movie in exuberant—possibly too exuberant—fashion, 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's—and the film's—very 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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