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Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
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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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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Shelleen / Strawn
... Cat Ballou
... Clay Boone
... Jed
... Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
... Shouter / Sam the Shade
Tom Nardini ... Jackson Two-Bears
... Frankie Ballou
... Sir Harry Percival
... Sheriff Cardigan
... Butch Cassidy
... Sheriff Maledon
... Accuser
Paul Gilbert ... Train Messenger
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Storyline

Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate's gunman, she vows to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's That Way-Out Whopper Of A Funny Western...A She-Bang To End All She-Bangs! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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24 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cat Ballou - Hängen sollst du in Wyoming  »

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Gross USA:

$20,666,667
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(Eastman Color)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nat 'King' Cole had a nightly singing engagement at a Lake Tahoe nightclub. He would commute daily between Lake Tahoe and the set in order to do both. Everyone noticed that Cole was coughing a great deal whenever he was on the set and losing weight, but most figured he was just running himself down with such a gruelling schedule. Unbeknownst to them and to Cole himself, he was already very sick with lung cancer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Sam The ShadeThe 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a large book; an uncredited pair of hands turn the pages in time with the music. See more »

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Featured in Biography: The Fondas (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Cat Ballou
(uncredited)
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Stubby Kaye & Nat 'King' Cole
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Lee Marvin deserved the Oscar!
4 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watched Cat Ballou again the other day after a gap of over 35 years. A spoof western, definitely. That Lee Marvin should not have won the Oscar? No way. It is far more difficult to carry off a role in what is obviously a pastiche than to excel in a serious dramatic part. Lee Marvin plays it to perfection. Watch his face in the bar scene in the hole in the wall, desperately trying to catch the moment to propose a toast - "I'll drink to that!". It's brilliant. This film has to be watched in the context of its time. It is no good trying to compare it to today's special effects dominated blockbusters or Pixar animations. The semi-musical format was innovative, and remains so today. Cat Ballou is a perfect example of 60's "cool".


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