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Calamity Jane (1953)

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Synopsis

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Doris Day
  • Howard Keel
  • Allyn Ann McLerie
  • Philip Carey
  • Dick Wesson
  • Paul Harvey
  • Chubby Johnson
  • Gale Robbins
  • Victor Adamson
  • Fred Aldrich

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Doris Day has often cited this particular movie and title role as her personal favorite among her 39 film appearances.
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Goofs

  • After leaving the ball at the fort, we cut to a shot of Calamity's bare back as she is undressing. Once she gets the dress off she is shown wearing undergarments that clearly cover most of her back.
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Quotes

    • Calamity Jane: Make mine sarsparilly!
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