Calamity Jane

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"Warner Bros.' sky highest, smile widest, wild and woolliest Western of 'em all!"
  • Passed
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 7.2  (10,484)
  • 74

Calamity Jane is a musical Western movie from 1953 that tells the story of Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane. The film stars Doris Day as Calamity Jane, Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok, and Allyn Ann McLerie as Katie Brown. The story takes place in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, in the late 1800s. Calamity Jane is a rough and tumble tomboy who dresses like a man and is known for her sharp-shooting skills. She is also in love with Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, a handsome young Army officer who is stationed in Deadwood.

Calamity Jane's life changes when she is sent to Chicago to bring back a famous stage actress named Adelaid Adams to perform in Deadwood. However, when Calamity Jane arrives in Chicago, she mistakenly brings back Adams' maid, Katie Brown, instead.

Katie is a prim and proper woman who is the complete opposite of Calamity Jane. She dreams of being an actress and falls in love with Lieutenant Gilmartin at first sight. Calamity Jane, on the other hand, is jealous of Katie and decides to pretend that she is the famous stage actress Adelaid Adams to impress Lieutenant Gilmartin.

As the story unfolds, Calamity Jane and Katie become unlikely friends, with Katie helping Calamity Jane become more ladylike and teaching her how to sing and dance. Calamity Jane even begins to realize that Wild Bill Hickok, who she initially dislikes, is actually the man she has been looking for all her life.

The movie features several well-known musical numbers, including "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)," "Just Blew in from the Windy City," and "Secret Love," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Doris Day delivers a standout performance as Calamity Jane, exuding charm and spirit in every scene, and her chemistry with Howard Keel is palpable.

Calamity Jane is a fun and lighthearted movie that will appeal to fans of classic musicals and Westerns. It's a story about friendship, love, and finding oneself, set against the backdrop of the Wild West. With its catchy tunes, colorful costumes, and talented cast, Calamity Jane is a classic movie that has stood the test of time.

Calamity Jane is a 1953 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 74.

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