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Calamity Jane

Year:
Duration:
101 min
Genres:
Comedy | Musical | Western
IMDB rate:
7.3
Director:
David Butler
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1953-11-04
Filming Locations: Stage 1, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Allyn Ann McLerie
Allyn Ann McLerie
Calamity Jane
Doris Day
Calamity Jane
Howard Keel
Wild Bill Hickok
Philip Carey
Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin
Dick Wesson
Francis Fryer
Paul Harvey
Henry Miller
Chubby Johnson
Rattlesnake
Gale Robbins
Adelaid Adams
Victor Adamson
Barfly (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich
Chicagoan (uncredited)
Beulah Archuletta
Indian Woman in Saloon Balcony (uncredited)
Edward Astran
Bartender (uncredited)
George Bell
Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Bennett
Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher
Prospector
Stanley Blystone
Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg
Barfly (uncredited)
Forrest Burns
Rider (uncredited)
Budd Buster
Prospector
Lane Chandler
Prospector
Roydon Clark
Soldier (uncredited)
John Cliff
Officer (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb
Barfly (uncredited)
Ben Corbett
Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Daly
Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson
Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
Officer's Wife in Reception Line (uncredited)
Fritz Ford
Soldier at Dance (uncredited)
Ben Frommer
Chicagoan (uncredited)
Terry Frost
Prospector
Clem Fuller
Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Fuller
Young Man with Flowers (uncredited)
Augie Gomez
Indian (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin
Poker Player (uncredited)
Herman Hack
Barfly (uncredited)
Bill Hale
Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Al Hill
Barfly (uncredited)
Ed Hinton
Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Reed Howes
Angry Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers
Stage Hand (uncredited)
Brad Johnson
Officer (uncredited)
I. Stanford Jolley
Townsman (uncredited)
Ray Jones
Barfly (uncredited)
Dave Kashner
Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg
Singing Townsman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny
Chicagoan (uncredited)
Jack Kenny
Barfly (uncredited)
Donald Kerr
Beau - Saloon Drunk (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw
Barfly (uncredited)
Mike Lally
Barfly (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr
Barfly (uncredited)
Rex Lease
Man Who Gets Adelaide's Picture (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd
Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Tom London
Prospector
Jack Low
Barfly (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden
Citizen (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn
Artist (uncredited)
Ted Mapes
Townsman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard
Barfly (uncredited)
Frank McClure
Officer at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick
Barfly (uncredited)
Philo McCullough
Barfly (uncredited)
Francis McDonald
Hank (uncredited)
William Meader
Barfly Patting Lap (uncredited)
Nolie Miller
Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mills
Barfly (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring
Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Monroe
Barfly (uncredited)
Monte Montague
Pete (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery
Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Morgan
Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Mower
Buck - Barfly (uncredited)
Joe Murphy
Townsman (uncredited)
Zon Murray
Colorado (uncredited)
Artie Ortego
Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Perrin
Barfly (uncredited)
Joe Ploski
Joe - Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Bob Reeves
Barfly (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart
Barfly (uncredited)
Dick Rich
Barfly (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway
Chicago Street Flirt (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson
Barfly (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt
Barfly (uncredited)
Gene Roth
Barfly (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Man in Chicago Show (uncredited)
Lee Shumway
Bartender with White Sideburns (uncredited)
Carl Sklover
Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Smith
Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Soldani
Indian (uncredited)
George Sowards
Barfly (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Glenn Strange
Prospector
Brick Sullivan
Stage Hand (uncredited)
Hal Taggart
Man at Fort Dance (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor
Mcpherson - Minister (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook
Barfly (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent
Barfly (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie
Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Whitley
Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Wilson
Barfly (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Doris Day recorded the song "Secret Love" in only one take.
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A Columbia Records album of selections from the Sammy Fain-Paul Francis Webster film score was comprised of four songs directly from the soundtrack (supervised by Ray Heindorf), and four tunes commercially rerecorded by Doris Day alone (arranged and conducted by Paul Weston). The original 10-inch LP has been transferred to CD in Britain by Prism Platinum. In 1995, another English label, Jay Records, re-created the complete film score, adding five numbers from the 1979 British stage production.
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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
In the close-up shot of Calamity suspended by the rope from the saloon ceiling, it is obvious that the rope is holding steady quite some way off the vertical. A wire is visible suspended to the seat of her trousers.
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When the Indians attack the coach, Calamity is seen firing over the leather suitcase. There is a dark spot on the side of the case just below her chin. A second later an arrow hits the spot, apparently following a wire that was edited out.
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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.
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Quotes
Calamity Jane: Excitement? Why, I got more arrows in the back of that coach than a porcupine has got stickers!
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Calamity Jane: [singing] At last my heart's an open door / And my secret love's no secret any more.
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Wild Bill Hickok: That's a right-smart looking harness you got on there.
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Faq
Q
How does the movie end?
A
After realizing that she has secretly, even unto herself, been in love all along with Wild Bill not Danny, Calamity rides into town to find the signs announcing Katie Brown's (Allyn Ann McLerie) show are being taken down. Asking around, she learns that Katie has left Deadwood, obviously taking seriously Calamity's threat that she get out of town on the next stage, which left a half hour ago. Calamity rides hard and fast to intercept the stage and successfully convinces Katie to return to Deadwood. A double wedding follows. In the final scene, both couples head out of town on the stage, a sign on the back saying 'Just hitched.'
Q
Was Calamity Jane a real person?
A
Yes. Martha Jane Cannary [1852-1903], better known as Calamity Jane, was born in Princeton, Missouri and eventually moved to Deadwood, South Dakota where she became a professional scout for Custer's army. She claims to have been married to Wild Bill Hickok, but her claims have never been substantiated by historians. A photo of Calamity Jane can be seen here.
Q
What is 'Calamity Jane' about?
A
Sharp-shooting, rough-riding 'Calamity' Jane Cannary (Doris Day) takes it upon herself to travel to Chicago in order to bring back famous actress Adelaid Adams (Gale Robbins) to perform for the men of Deadwood, Dakota, including her best friend Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel) and her not-so-secret love, Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey). Unfortunately, Adelaid doesn't turn out to be who she says she is. What's more, Adelaid and Danny fall in love with each other. It seems that Calamity's heart is about to be broken.
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Photos from cast
Allyn Ann McLerie