Calamity Jane

1953

Calamity Jane

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74%

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Reviews Counted: 19

88%
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88%
Average Rating: 3.7/5

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Doris Day looks no more like the real Calamity Jane than you or I do, but this 1953 film is intended as a lighthearted musical, not a historical tract. As portrayed by the freckled Ms. Day, Jane is a rootin', tootin' shootin' hoyden in the western town of Deadwood. When she isn't tearing up the town, Jane spends her time cussing out Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel). The plot gets under way when Jane promises the citizens of Deadwood that she can persuade classy Chicago stage star Adelaide Adams (Gale Robbins) to perform at the local opry house. Through a case of mistaken identity, Jane brings Adelaide's maid Katie (Allyn Ann McLerie) back to town. Katie proves to be a success all the same, and out of gratitude promises to make a "lady" out of Jane, who is sweet on handsome Lt. Gilmartin (Philip Carey). When the lieutenant chooses Katie over Jane, our heroine is heartbroken--until she realizes that she has loved Wild Bill Hickok all along, and that the feeling is mutual so far as Hickok is concerned. The peppy musical score by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster includes the Oscar-winning Secret Love, which became a million-selling hit for Doris Day.

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Cast

Howard Keel
as Wild Bill Hickok
Allyn Ann McLerie
as Katie Brown
Dick Wesson
as Francis Fryer
Philip Carey
as Danny Gilmartin
Paul Harvey
as Henry Miller
Chubby Johnson
as Rattlesnake
Gale Robbins
as Adelaide Adams
Dick Wessel
as Francis Fryer
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Critic Reviews for Calamity Jane

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Audience Reviews for Calamity Jane

Doris Day is on a role with this role. The songs, oh the songs. Howard Keel... The old west. The humour. The fun. The action. Oh how I love this film!

Sarah Burton
Sarah Burton

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½

rootin tootin and rambunctious

jay nixon
jay nixon

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½

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 Xx
xGary Xx

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