Saturday, May 14, 2016

Calamity Jane

1953 American Feature

Cast: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson, Paul Harvey, Chubby Johnson and Gale Robbins
Director: David Butler
Writer: James O'Hanlon
Songs: Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster

Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding and handy with a gun as any man in Deadwood, South Dakota. When best buddy Wild Bill Hickock bestows his affections on a more feminine member of their show troupe, the friends begin to feud... and then fall in love.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 71% / Audience: 88%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Secret Love"); also nominated for Best Music: Scoring of a Musical Picture and Sound Recording.

  • Warner Bros. studio head Jack Warner decided to make Calamity Jane after he tried - and failed - to buy the movie rights to the Broadway hit Annie Get Your Gun as a vehicle for Doris Day. He not only drew (very loosely) on the life of another legendary "wild woman" of the Old West for his heroine, he hired the same male star, Howard Keel, who'd appeared in the 1950 film version of Annie Get Your Gun.
  • Doris Day recorded the song "Secret Love" in only one take. It hit number one on the Billboard charts, and has been recorded many times over the years by such singers as Bing Crosby, Freddy Fender, Connie Francis, Engelbert Humperdinck, Loretta Lynn, George Michael, Anne Murray, SinĂ©ad O'Connor, Cybill Shepherd, Andy Williams and Slim Whitman. k.d. lang's cover of the song was played during the closing credits of the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet.
  • A stage musical adaptation, with several songs written for but not used in the film added back in, had its world premiere in 1961 in Fort Worth, Texas. Actresses who have played Jane throughout the years include Edie Adams, Carol Burnett, Louise Mandrell, Martha Raye and Ginger Rogers.
  • Remade for television in 1963 with Carol Burnett in the title role.

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