Here we have Day -- blonde and with perfect teeth and a spotless "rustic" outfit -- galavanting through showtunes as she tells her patented tall tales of fighting off the "Injuns" and drinkin' with the boys. A silly bit of happenstance leads her to head off to "Chicagee" in search of an actress which the residents of Deadwood are itchin' to see. Romance (with Wild Bill Hickok) and further singing ensues.
Calamity Jane is so removed from even the most imperceptable nod toward reality that even a history know-nothing like myself found its liberties on the distasteful side. Can you imagine what the real Calamity Jane (nicknamed here the precious "Calam" as she dons a dress and paints flowers on the door of her cabin) would think?
While the songs are on the forgettable side, Day fares the worst of all, as her idea of character consists of jutting out her lower jaw, pouting her lip, and ridiculously lowering her voice. I can't speak for 1953, but today Calamity Jane isn't funny or musically glorious. Give it a pass and watch Unforgiven instead.
Run time: 101 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 4th November 1953
Distributed by: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 3
IMDB: 7.3 / 10
Director: David Butler
Producer: William Jacobs
Screenwriter: James O'Hanlon
Starring: Doris Day as Calamity Jane, Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok, Allyn Ann McLerie as Katie Brown, Philip Carey as Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, Dick Wesson as Francis Fryer, Paul Harvey as Henry Miller, Chubby Johnson as Rattlesnake, Gale Robbins as Adelaid Adams
Also starring: William Jacobs
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