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Calamity Jane


Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey View All


David Butler (Director), James O'Hanlon (Screenplay) View All

Release: Nov. 4th, 1953
Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok fuss, feud and fall in love. At first, Calamity is too busy fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip to pay attention to such girlie things as dresses and perfume. She soon changes her mind when Katie Brown arrives in town.
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Katie's ruse is quickly revealed but a romantic quadrangle develops as Katie develops feelings for an army lieutenant (Phillip Carey) who Calamity thinks she's in love with while Bill thinks he's in love with Katie while Calamity and Bill remain in denial about their true feelings for each other.
Despite these reservations, I still found myself registering some amusement at the first couple of musical numbers where Jane rides into town, but things gradually become less and less interesting as the film progresses, especially when the plot develops around the citizens of Deadwood wanting to see a famous singer (Gale Robbins), who intends to tour Europe instead of America and thus sets off a chain of events that leads to a case of mistaken identity involving her maid (Allyn McLerie) and Jane.


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