Calamity Jane (1953)

Calamity Jane (1953)

Calamity Jane (1953)

Doris Day leads this Oscar-winning musical western loosely based on the life of the titular real-life Wild West heroine.

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). 

Winner of Best Original Song (Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster), 1954 Academy Awards
1953Rating: G101 minsUSA
ComedyMusicalRomanceWesternClassic

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Doris Day works very, very hard at being Calamity and is hardly realistic at all.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Even if the screenwriters were obviously inspired by the mega-success of Annie Get Your Gun, that doesn't make this funny, rambunctious entertainment a mere rip-off.

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Sammy Fain's hummable tunes and Paul Francis Webster's lyrics merit full-throated accompaniment.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

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

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A shrill and preposterous musical Western.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Doris Day works very, very hard at being Calamity and is hardly realistic at all.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Even if the screenwriters were obviously inspired by the mega-success of Annie Get Your Gun, that doesn't make this funny, rambunctious entertainment a mere rip-off.

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Sammy Fain's hummable tunes and Paul Francis Webster's lyrics merit full-throated accompaniment.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

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

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A shrill and preposterous musical Western.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

5.0

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