Calamity Jane 1953

Calamity Jane

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In the lonely Deadwood, Dakota, territory, sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Doris Day) falls for cavalry Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey) when she is forced to rescue him from the Indians. Recognizing that the women-starved townsmen long for a "real" woman, Calamity journeys to Chicago to bring back famous singer Adelaid Adams, but mistakenly brings her maid Katie instead. Heartbroken when Danny falls for Katie, Calamity all but ignores her jovial friend Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel).

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Critic Reviews for Calamity Jane

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6)

  • As a pistol-packin' cowgirl in fringed leather trousers, Day is terrific, an object of athletic awe and irrepressible good cheer.

    April 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • The tunes are gold, and as Jane approaches a local creek, resplendent in her gorgeous yellow gown, we get one of the most famous visual gags in the history of the musical.

    April 7, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Doris Day works very, very hard at being Calamity and is hardly realistic at all.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • A shrill and preposterous musical Western.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Doris Day and Howard Keel in a Wild West musical comedy that is only phonily western, hardly ever comical, and only mildly musical.

    November 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bold, camp and a clear indicator of cinema's lineage to theatre and a vaudeville tradition.

    October 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Calamity Jane

  • May 15, 2019
    There's no subterfuge here: this is a Doris Day musical, plain and simple, and she's in practically every scene as a personification of wild and wooly (but not too wild...it was made in the 50's after all). After killin' Injuns - which, honest to goodness, really is a plot point - what she really wants is what every girl is told she wants: a husband, two car garage - with two cars in it, kids, and a yard with a white picket fence. Only she's so wild and wooly that no man can stand in her presence long. What's a girl to do? Howard Keel plays Wild Bill Hickok and barely gets in a song or two as the primary love interest. Mild musical Western fun here, with Day contributing 110%.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2010
    one star for doris day being alright in it and another for a few decent numbers!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2007
    rootin tootin and rambunctious
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2007
    Doris Day wheels out Que Sera yet again in a comic western that will appeal to fans of romantic musicals. Of which I am not one.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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