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Who doesnt like Calamity Jane? What a film. Doris Day is at her peak in this film as a tomboy cowboy caught in a little bit of a love struggle. The songs are extremely rememberable and will keep you singing all day long.
The film is based in a small place called Deadwood where the Golden Garter (local bar / theartre) needs a new act. Calamity Jane promises the best singer / dancer from Chicago (otherwise known as the windae city), Adelade Adams however ends up going to get her and comes back with Katie Brown (Adelade Adams maid). The audience at the Golden Garter are not too happy with Calamity but they end up giving Katie a chance.
Katie moves in with Calamity's very different house (a bit of a slum) and a little love story emerges with two local men (one is a solidier), Bill Hicup and Danny Gilmartin. I dont want to ruin the ending so I would highly recomend that if your a musical lover, give this film a chance!!
I know you are not meant to give away the endings of films but I can't say what I want to say about Calamity Jane without attaching spoilers. Feel free to click on the NU button and then close this window down if you don't want to read on.
Calamity Jane is a Western Musical made in 1953 and loosely based on the life of Martha-Jane Cannary-Burke, a frontier woman and occasional prostitute who by all means lived a remarkable life. Strangely the film leaves out the seedier parts of her life like the alcoholism and prostitution.
Calamity Jane was one of my favourite films when I was a kid. My favourite aunty was a huge fan of musicals, both singing in amateur dramatics and watching them and I used to love going to her house and settling down on the sofa with her to watch Calamity Jane. These repeated viewings as a nipper meant that I knew all the words to the songs off by heart when I saw the film again after a 20 year break, it's amazing what random nonsense your brain stores.
In the film version of Calamity Jane we are introduced to an amazing character played by Doris Day. Calamity is a gutsy and fearless woman who struts about in leathers and rides horses and shoots better than most of the men, in fact she even rescues at least one men from an Indian camp. If you ignore the fact that she shoots Indians in cold blood then she is full of life and character.
Calamity lives in the town of Deadwood and takes on the challenge to go to Chicago and find the actress Adelaide Adams who all the men in the Golden Garter saloon lust over. She manages to bring back a lady who all of the men love and the two women become friends. Unfortunately the friends have a row over the drippy Danny who they both fancy, which one will get their man?
This is where the film goes all wrong for me. Calamity Jane is such an endearing character precisely because she is a strong women who rebels against the gender roles set for women in 1800's America. However as soon as a girly girl arrives Calamity undergoes a remarkable transformation under her influence. Instead of being the tomboy that we loved in the first half of the film she starts dressing in frilly dresses, becomes domesticated and even sings songs about her new found womanly persona.
Is this meant to be a happy ending? Tomboy realises the error of her ways and dresses up pretty and suddenly all the men fancy her and she turns her back her old life to keep house and have babies? What kind of messages does that send out?
If I could have an alternative ending I would either have a male lead strong enough to accept Calamity as she is and marry her or have her live out her life free and single.
Apart from the fact that the film has a really pathetically soppy ending, it's actually pretty good. Doris Day plays Calamity perfectly, she has a brilliant singing voice and it's a really energetic performance. There are some brilliantly funny scenes in the film as Calamity battles with Wild Bill Hikock played by Howard Keel. It's one of those films that you can't help but smile and sing along to the music, well for the first half anyway. By the second half I was getting really annoyed at the way the story had gone. The film has dated fairly well and it is fairly easy to ignore all of the fake backdrops and the way that some of the scenes have been shot.
I know that the film was made in the good old days when attitudes to women were different but I still hate the way that this classic film ends.
This film is a classic musical featuring Doris Day and Howard Keel, they play the characters of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. The story follows Calamity, she dresses and acts like a tomboy and has no interest in girlie things such as dresses or perfume. All that is set to change...
At the beginning of the film everyone is gathered at the local saloon bar the Golden Garter awaiting a performance by a beautiful women to entertain the residents of a town. Unfortunately, the men are anything but happy when the "woman" turns out to be a man called Francis Fryer. Calamity vows to get them the one woman they are all drooling over which is a singer named Adelaid Adams who is currently in Chicago. Wild Bill Hickok informs Calamity that there is no way that she will be able to get Adelaid Adams to come to Deadwood.
Calamity sets off for Chicago and as soon as she arrives she heads to Adelaid Adams dressing room. Meanwhile Adelaid is giving her costumes to her maid, Katie Brown to pack, she then leaves Katie alone in the room. Calamity walks in on Katie as she is trying on one of the dresses Katie begins to sing doing an impression of Adelaid. Katie seizes her chance to be on stage and tricks Calamity into thinking she is Adelaid.
When they arrive back in Deadwood Katie begins her first performance but Calamity says that she didn't sound that way in Chicago. So Calamity tells Katie to sing out, after hearing this Katie bursts into tears and has to admit that she is not Adelaid Adams. The saloon soon falls silent and the customers are on the verge of a riot but Calamity fires her gun and jumps to Katie's defence. After this they give her a second chance and she wins the crowd over.
Instantly Calamity and Katie become friends with Katie even moving into Calamity's cabin. The viewer is aware that Calamity is in love with Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and she becomes jealous as Katie and Danny become closer. I don't want to give the ending away but the story still has twists and turns before it's conclusion.
The story is fairly simple but it doesn't need to have an intricate plot and works well and is very entertaining. The songs in the film are great and add to the films story. I think that everyone has probably heard at least one song from Calamity Jane. Secret Love is definitely one of the best it even won an academy award for Best Original Song.
It is very easy to watch with it flowing very well and is definitely a feel good film. The chemistry is brilliant between all the main characters and makes the film even more watchable.
Running time for the film is 97 minutes, the special features aren't brilliant with just 2 newsreels and a theatrical trailer but the film is that good it makes up for the lack of extra features.
Calamity Jane is a film I can watch over and over again, I actually only recently watched it. I had to ask myself why I hadn't seen it sooner!
If you're looking for a true classic, Calamity Jane is unmissable!
Hubby could not believe that I had never ever seen this film so to shut him up I got the DVD to watch with him. I didn't have expectations for it as I don't really like western type films but I was pleasantly surprised by this film.
The film stars Doris Day who plays the role of Calamity Jane, a tom boy who is more than happy to spend her time being 'one of the lads' and chasing of the Indians. She gets very annoyed when she beings in the wagon which contains all the goodies for the towns people and the men starts ogling a cigarette card which has a picture of Adelaid Adams on.
A few evenings later when the Theatre / Bar has advertised a beautiful female star for the evening entertainment they are in trouble when the actress turns out to be an actor so he s forced to dress in drag and try to fool the audience. Things go wrong and he is found out so the towns people all start to leave and say they are not going back to the theatre as they have been robbed. Calamity steps in to help the theatre owner who is her close friend and promises she will go off to Chicago and fetch Adelaid Adams to bring her back and perform for them.
Calamity sets off and soon find where Adelaid is performing but unbeknown to her Adelaid has already left and it is her maid who is trying on the costumes. Calamity thinks she is Adelaid but really she is Katie Brown and talks her into going back and performing for them.
Katie is soon found out but she is forgiven and she even moves into Calamity's run down shack. The towns men all have their eye on her but she is particularly interested in the relationship between Calamity and Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin. Will Katie be able to turn Calamity into a lady and will she be able to get her her man?
The film was made back in 1953 so the back drops are awful and so noticeably added but this can be forgiven as it is such a feel good film. The story was good and I really did enjoy the ending as it took a different turn to what I was expecting. I loved all of the characters and thought that they each brought something different to the film. There was a great on screen chemistry between all of the actors and actress which helped to add to the film. I also found that there was some humour in the film which I did enjoy.
I did notice a few things wrong with the film, for instance in the opening song the noise of the whip cracking did not fit in with the whip actually hitting things and also when the drag artist was performing he had a black scarf in the hand and then it just vanished and seconds later it was back! I have to say I did stop looking after that one as I thought that they would spoil the film for me. I can forgive these little incidents as the film was made so long ago and they did not have the technology which is available now to help them.
The film is a musical and I did enjoy all of the songs. I found that I did in fact know the majority of them even though I have never watched this before and thought they were great in the film. I liked the vocals but the songs which Howard Keel, who played the role of Wild Bill Hickok sang were bloomin awful and whoever told him he could sing wants shooting! The music which was used for background parts was very good and brought a little extra to the film.
We did get some lovely views over the countryside and a few mountain shots which were not computer done and I did enjoy them all. It was such a shame that the back drops were so noticeable as this did spoil it for me slightly.
The DVD which we have does have some bonus material which includes:-
2 Newsreels ' Western Style' and 'Photo Play'
I did not feel the need to watch these as I have no interest in them.
The running time of this film is 97 minutes which for me was great as I think if they would have made it longer then they would have spoilt the story and the film would have dragged. The certificate on the film is a Universal which means that it is suitable for all.
I am definitely going to recommend this film as I was very surprised by it and thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It did not take much brain power to watch and follow at all, which is a bonus for me! I found that the film left me feeling happy and pleased that I could finally shut hubby now I have watched it. This is definitely a very entertaining family film.
Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day and Howard Keel, is a wonderful musical. I like most musicals, and I love Doris Day, so this is a bit of a sure thing for me! Calamity Jane is a young woman living in Deadwood, a town in the Wild West. Calam' is a woman who has no interest in femininity, much preferring to wield her guns and prove she is as good at it as the next man. But, when she meets Katie Price, she gets in touch with her feminine side, and is encouraged to apply 'a woman's touch'. However, this new found friendship falters somewhat when it becomes clear that Danny, the man who Calam' has always had a soft spot for, is actually in love with Katie. Thankfully, after a gunfight or two and a bit of crying, Calam' realises that she is in love with Wild Bill Hickok (played by Howard Keel), and, as ever in the world of musical cinema, there's a happy ending.
The music in Calamity Jane is brilliant, from the opening Whip Crack Away, right through Windy City and Black Hills of Dakota. The best song, and probably the most famous, is Secret Love, sung amazingly by the one and only Doris Day.
As a child musicals were always my favourite type of film, Calamity Jane was probably my absolute favourite. To this day I can't flick the channel over if it's on. Released in 1953 it stars the wonderful Doris Day in the lead role which was very loosely based on the real life Calamity Jane
The plot revolves around the character of Calamity, a cowgirl with a mean aim. In love with Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, her hopes of winning him are dashed when a beautiful actress called Katie Brown shows up in Deadwood and captures the attention of not only Danny but Calamity's friend Wild Bill Hickok. Katie soon strikes up a friendship with Calam and manages to install a little femininity in her along the way, even if it is short lived.
Calamity Jane has some of my favourite musical songs, most notably 'Secret Love' which won the Academy Award for Best Original song in 1953. It is performed beautifully by Doris Day who has a fantastic voice. Other favourite include 'The Black Hills of Dakota' performed by the entire cast in a wonderful scene were the characters make their way to a party at Fort Scully. The rest of the soundtrack is equally as good with songs such as 'Windy City' and 'The Deadwood Stages'. It'll have you singing away after you've watched it.
Doris Day is perfectly cast as Calamity; she's charming and boisterous, easily believable in both the cowgirl and elegant styles she has to play. This really is a film where she steals the show. She manages to be very funny and yet performs scenes like 'Secret Love' with complete enchantment. Howard Keel is equally as charming as Bill Hickok, making you root for him from beginning to end.
Combining comedy and romance with cowboy adventure this film has something for everyone. It's great for the full family. A brilliant feel good film that you won't forget.
I have never been much of a one for reviewing films but I have to admit I do love a great, feel good musical so I am working my way through my favourites - you have been warned! LOL!
One of my real favourites is Calamity Jane starring Doris Day and Howard Keel which was made in 1953 so it is actually a year older than I am!
The story of the film is loosely based on the life of Martha Jane Cannary-Burke with her name Cannary eventually getting changed to Calamity possibly to match her tomboy tendencies. I do say the film is loosely based on her life as there is a lot of artistic licence taken here!
The real life girl wasn't a pretty blonde like Doris Day for a start!
Anyway back to the film ........
Calamity Jane is used to being 'one of the boys' and can't understand why she should make any effort to be 'girlie'.
The men folk of the town are fascinated by the beautiful Adelaid Adams, a singer that they have seen on their cigarette cards, so Calamity announces that she will fetch her from Chicago and off she goes.
Unfortunately when she gets there she sees Adelaid's assistant trying on one of her dresses and takes Katie Brown (played by Allyn Ann McLerie) back to Deadwood thinking she is Adelaide Adams. At first, when Katy tries to sing one of Adelaid's songs she makes a complete mess of it and runs off the stage in tears confessing that she is just plain old Katie Brown and that she has deceived them all. Calamity convinces the somewhat disappointed audience to give her a chance - after all she is a gorgeous lady which is what they wanted! So Katy sings her own choice of song and is a great hit.
Thus the scene is set for Calamity and Katie to become great friends and Katy is to teach Calamity to be a lady - now there's a challenge!
Katie goes to live in Calamity's cottage with her and finds a dirty, dusty tip of a place but with a song (A Woman's Touch) and a dance they soon have it looking like something out of House and Home. I wish I could get my housework done as easily.
Calamity has her eye on Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin played by Philip Carey. Katy helps her dress in a more feminine way, without completely changing her personality, in order to attract the Lieutenant.
My favourite bit of the film is when the Lieutenant calls to see Katie and she, knowing that Calamity is in love with him, really builds up Calamity's new look and they both await the return of the now beautiful Calamity. When she walks through the door she is covered in mud and announces that she has 'fallen in the dang blasted creek!'
The film follows the fortunes of the Lieutenant trying to court Katie; whilst Katie is trying to convince him he should give Calamity a chance. Meanwhile Calamity finally realises that she is really in love with Wild Bill Hickok (played by Howard Keel) and so Katie and the Lieutenant can be together - cue happy ending!
The music written by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster is great from The Deadwood Stage and Whip Crack Away to the more melodious The Black Hills of Dakota and the Oscar winning Secret Love. They also had Oscar nominations for Best Music Scoring of a Motion Picture and Best Sound Recording.
This is a film of pure escapism and is suitable for the whole family. You'll sing a long, laugh and cry and end up with that lovely warm feeling that comes from an old fashioned happy ending. Aaahh!
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Once I had a secret love
now my loves no secret any more! Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of my all time favourite movies. Great for a Sunday afternoon, a quiet evening in, a good sing along musical I put it on every chance I get
mostly when my chap is out of the house, as sadly, he is not a fan at all!
The movie opens in fine fashion with Calamity Jane riding into Deadwood atop a traditional stagecoach singing the opening number; The Deadwood Stage and the infectious songs dont stop until the end credits finish rolling
Doris Day brings her cute shiny-toothed blonde haired charms to this movie as the rough and tumble heroine Calamity Jane. Her character prides herself on being as good as, if not better than any man in town, but underneath it all beats the heart of the true 1950s American gal longing for love and a cosy home life. In a town mainly populated by cowboys the Golden Garter saloon owner, Henry Miller, inadvertently hires a man instead of the actress Frances Fryer he thought. Naturally mayhem erupts as the women starved chaps loudly proclaim their disapproval. Although before Francis wig is neatly swiped from his head by the trombonist they seemed quite happy with him.
Calamity rushes to Henrys rescue, in her usual gung ho manner, guns ablazing and vows to bring back the current hit actress Adelaid Adams from the windy city of Chicagy. Following a deliciously heated interchange between Calam and Wild Bill Hickok, played divinely by Howard Keel, as they duet in the toe tappingly funny I Can Do Without You Calamity heads off to Chicago to bring back her woman. By this point in the film it is all too clear how appropriate Calamitys name is as she manages to amuse the Chicago townsfolk by mistaking a wig store for the aftermath of a massacre, almost shoot a wooden Indian and then upset the lovely actress she is intending to persuade to perform in the backwoods of Deadwood by coming across as so masculine she gets mistaken for a man
On her return to Deadwood with her prize in tow things dont get any better for poor Calamity as misunderstandings and heartbreak ensue. Is Adelaid Adams all she seems to be? Will Calamity bag her beloved lieutenant? Will Wild Bill ever be tamed? Who is Calamitys love rival? Will everyone live happily ever after? Well, lets face it folks this a traditional family oriented musical of the 1950s, do you really think the ending will be all that unhappy? Youll no doubt guess fairly soon into watching the film what the outcomes will be but go along with it for the fun of the ride it is well worth it as there is never dull moment, the songs are so catchy youll find yourself humming them for ages afterwards and the humour is fun without getting tacky or too sharp and never descends into a cringing farce
Released in 1953, this is one of Doris Days classic roles. She plays the part beautifully beginning as very believable tomboy who grows to be a stunningly attractive and feminine woman. The costumes are perfect for both Doris and her role as she goes from dirty old buckskins into a stunning pink ballgown, albeit with more than a slight nod to 50s fashion than would have been likely in the late 1800s when this is supposed to be set
Howard Keel is so gorgeous in this role that I had a huge crush on him for many years. Shame this happened during the 1980s and in real life he was an old grey man in Dallas TV series before I discovered his yumminess! It would be worth watching this film for the sight of a sexy Howard Keel alone if you only know him for later roles. He plays Bill Hickok wonderfully, with enough of a hint of wildness to pique a womans interest but not so much he makes anyone uncomfortable. As a professional singer he and Doris give their songs a polished performance while still looking like they are enjoying themselves this feeling comes across from all the performers which is something that really adds to the atmosphere of the show
Certain liberties may have been taken with fashions, people and storylines, but this is all forgiven (even unnoticed at the time of watching) because of the perfection of the movie as a whole and those glorious songs. Not only one of my favourite movies but also one of Doris Days too this could realistically be described as an early romantic comedy as well one of the all time great musicals
Find a copy, watch it, laugh, and cry, sing along and sigh at the happy romance of it all
Doris Day ... Calamity Jane
Howard Keel ... Wild Bill Hickok
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Katie Brown (as Allyn McLerie)
Philip Carey ... Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin
Dick Wesson ... Francis Fryer
Paul Harvey ... Henry Miller
Chubby Johnson ... Rattlesnake
Gale Robbins ... Adelaid Adams
Oscar winning songs include
"The Black Hills of Dakota"
"The Deadwood Stage"
"I Can do Without You"
"It's Harry I'm Planning to Marry"
"My Heart is Higher than a Hawk"
"Secret Love" (winner of Academy Award for best song in a movie, 1953), which topped the Billboard and Cash Box musical charts at number one.
The DVD has limited extras that I have looked at once no interviews or much of any interest unless you enjoy original trailers and newsreels!
Bonus Footage - 1. Newsreels: Western Style & Photo Play
Trailer - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
Available for around a fiver from Amazon cmon, thats a bargain for 97 minutes of fun !
~~ Calamity Jane ~~
I am slowly working my way through my collection of musicals and today I am looking at the film Calamity Jane. I love Doris Day movies, I love musicals and I love Howard Keels singing, so I am already onto a winner with this movie.
Calamity Jane is a musical comedy which hit the big screen at the Elks Theatre, Rapid City in South Dakota on 4th November 1953. It was Warner Brothers competition to MGMs Annie Get Your Gun which came out in 1950, where as MGM musical gave the story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, Warner Brothers wrote about Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.
Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok were taken from the history books and really did exist and get together in their life time. Bill was a legendary lawman, gambler, gunfighter and drinker he created hell in Deadwood City alongside Calamity Jane for a few years until his death in 1876.
The real Calamity Jane was born on 1st May 1852 in Princeton, Missouri; she was called Martha Jane Cannary. It was years later after her parents died when she was 15yrs old that she started working as a scout for the cavalry. It was during this time that she earned the nickname Calamity Jane after saving a cavalry officer that had been shot by Indians; she picked him up and rode him away to safety. She developed a knack for turning up at times of disaster. She always dressed like a man, but did eventually marry and have a daughter; she passed away at the age of 51 in 1903 and was buried alongside Wild Bill Hickok. Parts of Calamity Janes life are reflected in the storyline, like her dressing like a man, her heavy drinking and her working for the Pony Express, riding along on the mail coach. Bill Hickok is also portrayed along with their humorous friendship.
~~ The Film ~~
The film starts with a panoramic view across country showing the stagecoach, with the camera focusing straight onto Calamity Jane played by Doris Day. We are hit straight away with the song The Deadwood Stage. This sets the mood for what is to come, light hearted musical fun, the stage finishes its journey outside the Golden Garter in Deadwood City, with Calamity finishing the song and going into the saloon.
It is hear we meet the majority of the cast, the saloon keeper Henry Miller discovers that his sexy class act Francis Fryer is in fact not a woman but a man and he has a bar full of cowboys hungry for a sexy actress. So whilst Henry is getting into a flap and making some back stage adjustments to our actor. The scene shifts back to our Calamity telling one of her tall stories and we get to meet Wild Bill Hickok for the first time.
The curtains go up to the delight of the audience and Francis dressed as a woman comes out strutting his stuff and entertaining the lads, he gets really stuck into the part until his wig gets caught and comes off. Naturally all the cowboys want to linch Henry and Francis, but Calamity is not having any of it and shoots off her gun into the air to bring them back to order. Hearing there cries of frustration she offers to go to Chicago and bring back Adalaid Adams the Queen of the cigarette cards all the lads hold dear to their loins (oops sorry hearts).
Off she goes to the windy city and true to her word she brings back a lovely actress. Calamity and our actress become good friends and Calamity is transformed into a beautiful woman to the surprise of Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and Wild Bill Hickok.
Following through the rest of the movie you have some wonderful songs which I will list later and lots of hilarious moments. I am going to stop here and you will have to watch the film to see who our actress is and the reactions she faces? Who does Calamity fall in love with? And what is the mens reaction to Calamity in a dress? You will have to watch and see.
~~ The Stars ~~
Doris Day is Calamity Jane and what a spectacular performance she gives, I would have to say this has to be one of her best performances of her career.
Howard Keel the very tall dark handsome actor, plays the part of Wild Bill Hickok, you will see him like you have never seen him before in this film and to be sure it will bring a smile to your face. Wild Bill Hickok was known as the fastest gun in Deadwood and a gambling man.
Allyn McLerie plays our actress that has come all the way from Chicago to help Calamity keep her promise. She plays her part well, bringing many feminine attributes to the show and to Calamity.
Philip Carey is cast once again as a US Cavalry man on this occasion he has stolen Calamitys heart as Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, but are her affections returned, will it be a happy ever after, you will have to watch and see.
Dick Wesson is Francis Fryer and what a fine Drag Queen he makes, bringing fun and humour to his part.
Paul Harvey plays the over anxious saloon owner Henry Miller.
~~ The Songs ~~
The Deadwood Stage as I mentioned earlier this starts off this lovely movie, it is upbeat and gets your feet tapping. I cant help singing away to myself thinking about the song as I write this. Here is a line from the song Where the injun arrows are thicker than porcupine quills. Hope that gives you an idea.
Hive full of Honey Francis Fryer singing his heart out to a room full of hungry cowboys, a fun light-hearted up beat song.
I Can Do Without You A fun song where Calamity and Bill have come to loggerheads after he has taunted Calam over her promise to bring back a real actress, he states that the night Adelaid Adams steps onto the stage he will come to the opening dressed as a Sioux Squaw lugging a papoose.
Its Harry Im Planning to Marry This song gets a little airing a few times during the film, the first time being Adelaid Adams on the stage in Chicago and then a couple of verses are heard on other occasions throughout the movie.
Just Blew In From The Windy City Calamity and our actress have arrived back in Deadwood, Calamity tells everyone in the saloon about her trip to the Windy City which of course is mighty perdy , this is all done with a nice little dance scene by Calamity.
Keep It Under Your Hat This is our Actresss first song on the stage in the Golden Garter, it is not as lively as some of the songs, but very much appropriate to the scene in front. Our Actress interacts with the audience whilst singing away.
Higher Than A Hawk a lovely ballad sung by Wild Bill Hickok as he serenades a large portrait of our lovely actress. He does have a lovely voice.
A Womans Touch- This is a really uplifting fun song, you could quite easily go round and do your housework singing this to yourself. Ok, maybe thats going a bit too far, but this song entertains you whilst you watch Calamity and the actress clean up Calams Cabin, gosh I wish my house could get that pretty so quick.
The Black Hills of Dakota they are all off to the Ball at Fort Scully and whilst travelling on the horse drawn carriage through the hills and against the night sky, Doris Day and Howard Keel serenade us with this lovely ballad.
Our last song is the award winning Secret Love, which is a wonderful Ballad, sung by Calamity Jane, who is now looking very dreamy and very feminine; this takes us to the end of the movie.
~~ DVD Extras ~~
Scene Selection 1-34 done in blocks
Languages French and English
Sub-titles 4 Languages available.
~~ Special Features ~~
Western Style Premiere Newsreel a black and white short footage of a Parade through town, only lasts a few seconds.
Memories of Calamity Jane and Bill Hickok which shows pictures of their graves;
Photoplay Magazines film Awards Newsreel David Butler with 1 min film footage.
Theatrical Trailer done in colour advertising the movie and showing the highlights, this lasts approx 3 mins.
~~ Trivia ~~
Dead Mans Hand became known as this because it was the card hand that Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was shot in the back during a card game by Jack McCall in 1876.
Philip Carey (Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin) was born Eugene Carey on 25th July 1925. By the time he had starred in Calamity Jane he had made 12 movies with Warner Bros within 2 years all in a cavalry uniform. Being fed up of being type cast he changed direction and appeared in a steamy film noir where he played a bank robber. A year later in 1955 he joined ABCTV which bought an end to his movie career and bought him to the television screens where he is still today appearing in the TV Soap One Life to Live playing Asa Buchanan.
Sammy Fain (Music) and Paul Francis Webster (Lyrics) partnered together during 1950. They worked well together and got their first academy award for best song with Secret Love in 1953.
Doris Day has to change her cosy trademark of sunny screen persona into a boisterous and rowdy tomboy with a masculine swagger. She also had to lower the tone in her voice to make it sound tougher so to speak.
Doris Day was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapellhoff in Evanston, Ohio on 3rd April 1924, which was also the same day Marlon Brando was born.
She was looking forward to a dancing career, but this had the blocks put on it after both her legs were broken in a car crash.
Today Doris Day lives in Carmel Valley, and continues to work for the Doris Day Animal Foundation which she set up in 1987.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.
~~ My Thoughts ~~
The film is simply good clean family fun, it captures your attention and gets you singing along right from the opening credits. You cant help falling in love with our main character Calamity Jane, she has a sweet naivety about her that attracts your attention and pulls on your heart strings throughout the movie. It will make you laugh, cry, smile and sing, what more can you ask for. A classic from its era, they just dont make them like this anymore.
I was sadly very disappointed with the DVD extras, I think that is because I have been spoilt by modern DVDs that put on loads of extras to encourage you to purchase the movies. Oh, well the film more than makes up for it.
Thank you for reading
This 1953 classic is timeless still great to watch even in this day and anyone who has seen it will know the words to at least one song.
Doris Day stars as the frontier gal who is tryong to prove she's just as good as the men in her little town of Deadwood. While Howard Keel is Wild Bill Hickock who loves nothing more than to remind her that she's just a woman with a great imagination.
Calamity Jane has got to be one of the best musicals ever made.
Watch as she brings in the Deadwood stage all the way from Chicagy (chicago) full of passengers and with the help of driver "Rattle Snake". Sings the song Deadwood Satge whilst doing this then bursts into song when they arrive in the town and starts to throw out gifts that she has brought back.
Afterwards she goes into the local pub, The Golden Garter and introduces everyone to the locals. And has a story to tell of how she has killed so many Indians. Step up Wild Bill who makes the remark that with her killing them at such a rate why does the Government bother with the army, commence first of many differences of opinion between these two.
There's one man that Calamity loves with all her heart and that is Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, he however doesn't feel the same in fact I think that is the furthest thing from his mind, she too manly to be his woman even after she saves him from the Indians.
There is one thing that all the men in Deadwood agree on and that is that Calamity could do with taking a look at Adelaide Adams a proper woman, an actress from Chicago. They all want to meet her and so off sets Doris to meet her and ask her to come back and perform in Deadwood.
Comedy moments along the offset of this trip starting with "I can do without you" a duet with her and Howard Keel. Then off she goes to find this strange woman who wears hardly any clothes.
On finding Adelaide she goes to the dressing room and asks her to go with her not realsing that she is really talking to Katie (Adelaides maid) who has been gifted all the old outfits and really wants a chance to shine as a singer.
She agrees to go back still claiming to be Ms Adams but when she gets there she meets Francis Fryer, a fellow thespain who played the same places as Adelaide so knows the truth. Katie loses her confidence and has to tell the truth.
Danny & Wild Bill don't care she's lovely and want her to stay, so Calamity takes her home to her cabin that has not really been used and together they get it homely. Regular visits from Danny and Bill to see that she has settled in ok.
Then comes the night of the ball both men want to take Katie but she makes them draw straws and Bill ends up with Calamity.
Here comes the catfight!!! Calamity sees that Danny and Katie are obviously falling for each other and that doesn't bode well Katie knows how she feels about him so how could they betray her. The girls argue and Katie not only moves from the house but from the town much to the displeasure of Danny and the rest of the town. At this point Bill declares that he loves Calamity so she forgets her feelings for Danny and goes to bring Katie back.
This being done they have a double wedding and live happily.
Calamity Jane ; Doris DAay
Wild Bill Hickock : Howard Keel
Danny Gilmartin : Philip Carey
Katie Brown ; Allyn Ann McLerie
Black Hills Of Dakota
I Can Do Without You
Just Flew In From The Windy City
Secret Love (oscar Winning song)
This is rated "U" and is great fun for all the family to watch.
Can't say that there were any exciting extras so I've not mentioned them
I was waiting for this film to come on T.V. - I really wanted to see it again. When I opened my Christmas present from my son guess what it was? – yes, that’s right, the video of Calamity Jane (what a sweetie). I watched it almost immediately and Corrie (my son) watched it with me (and he enjoyed it). I had to write a review on about it (well!!!) So here it is. ~~~~~ In 1953 Doris Day and Howard Keel starred in this spectacular musical. *~~ Outline of the plot (basically) ~~* Here comes good old Calam , aboard the deadwood stage, laden with merchandise, all the way from “Chicagy” – “Rattle Snake” (the driver) by her side as she fights the "injun's" and entertains the passengers with the song “deadwood Stage”. She has a bit of a soft spot for lieutenant “Danny” Gilmartin but her affections aren’t returned (is it any wonder)! After a bit of a fiasco at the theatre (Golden Garter)! Calamity sets off for “Chicagy” in search of the one and only Adelaide Adams (a famous actress who wears “nothin but her underwear” – whom she has promised will perform). Anyway, once in Chicago she is tricked by Katie Brown (A.A.’s maid) and truly believes Katie is Adelaide! Back in Deadwood Katie Brown’s true identity is discovered, everyone is mad but they soon have a change of heart. Katie and Calamity soon become the best of friends and they share Calam’s cabin (it’s more like a shack)- but they soon fix it up with a “women’s touch” (I feel a song coming on). Disaster strikes and there is a fallout between the two friends! If you haven't seen it you’ll have to watch it and find out what happens (although the video box is a dead give away with a picture of Doris Day in a wedding dress with Howard Ke
el at her side). ~~~~~ Corny but, as in most musicals, the beauty is in the songs not the plot. Secret Love won Doris Day the Best Song Academy Award in the same year. "Calamity Jane" was a Hollywood musical before it was on the stage, I for one was surprised to discover this as most musicals are often big hits on stage before making it into the cinema. ~~* Cast *~~ Doris Day - Calamity Jane Howard Keel - Wild Bill Hickok Allyn Ann McLerie - Katie Brown Philip Carey - Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin Dick Wesson - Francis Fryer Paul Harvey (I)- Henry Miller Chubby Johnson - Rattlesnake Gale Robbins - Adelaide Adams Certificate – U Runtime – approx. 97 mins
OK I can feel my credibility going down even as I type this, don't look at me like that, who was your favourite childhood actor? Well, mine was Miss Doris Day. Yes, yes laugh if you want to, but I love all those corny musicals, they don't get you thinking dark thoughts, the most they can do is get you singing the chorus, now that can't be too bad can it? Things you probably didn't want to know about this film in the first place: Directed by: David Butler Written by: James O' Hanlon Certificate: U Running Time: 101 minutes Soundtrack: Classic cheese and I say that with the utmost affection. Songs such as ' Secret Love' and ‘Just blew in from the windy city' You ain't gonna worry 'bout gittin' yorsel' all dirty are ya? No Calam. Here we are Deadwood, Dakota Territory, USA, it’s a little piece of MGM magic, where the people are good and the songs even better, where men are men and Doris Day is the most over the top tomboy to ever breathe. Calamity Jane or Calam to her friends is a figure loosely based upon real life Wild Woman of the West Marthy Cannary Burke, who was apparently deeply involved in the Civil War, by being a scout for none other than Custer himself. She was friends with a man known as Wild Bill Hickok, but there was no singing or smooching involved… The men in Deadwood are bored and longing for some female entertainment. Calamity brags to the men of the saloon, that she can bring a real life entertainer from the Golden Garter stage all the way from Chicagee (Chicago). She sets her sights on glamour puss and entertainer extraordinaire Adelaide Adams (Gale Robbins). Unfortunately the idea does not go according to plan as unbeknown to Calamity, she has in fact accosted Adelaide’s maid Katy Brown ( Allyn Ann McLerie). However, Katy soon becomes the first female friend in Calamity
’s life, along with being the most sought after woman in Deadwood. Even Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel), Calamity’s cantankerous rival does not seem immune from her female charms.. With a grand ball coming up in the town, Katy advises Calamity on womanly ways and even persuades her to wear a couple of dresses. Calamity only agrees to do so because she has a secret love for Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey), a handsome young man, who is also vying for the attentions of Miss Adams/ Brown. What will become of this unlikely foursome? It being a family musical and all you can bet that they’ll be nothing to sully the dazzling apple pie smiles….although there are a few hiccups along the way… ‘This town ain't big enough! Not for me and that frilled-up, flirtin', man-rustlin' petticoat, it ain't!’ declares Calamity, as she realizes Danny will never be hers. This is an enjoyable bubblegum romp that can be enjoyed no matter how many times you’ve seen it before, maybe not one of the most politically correct films, but certainly one of the sunniest. Keel does everything he did in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954, Stanley Donen) and then some. Day once again proves that although she may not be a classically trained actress, she sure can entertain.
Take me back to the Black Hills, oh well if not .......take me back to the innocent days when films like Calamity Jane were hot news, back to the days of the l950s and especially l953 when this film was made. It may not seem very topical to write about films such as this in today's climate of violence and sex, but if ever there was a film for general family viewing Calamity Jane would be the one I would recommend. The film is loosely based on the true life story of Marthy Cannary Burke, a tomboy of her times. Cannary, or Calamity as she later became known was supposedly a scout for General Custer. I say supposedly, because her story seems to be viewed with some scepticism. Calamity indeed was a friend of Wild Bill Hickock, but there wasn't any romantic liaison. Calamity eventually married a texan Clinton Burke who deserted her after she had a baby girl. For some reason Calamity asked to be buried alongside Bill Hickock and their final resting place is in South Dakota. Bill's demise followed him being shot in the head by one Jack McColl and if we are to believe Calamity's claims, she was going to carve him up with a meat clever in revenge for Bill's death,but he got away. Well the real Calam. did wear men's clothing, but here the similarity ends because she wasn't in the least bit attractive or blonde as portrayed by Doris Day in the film. Having said that, Doris Day plays one of her best parts as the gun toting, whip cracking heroine who's in love with an Army Lieutenant. Unfortunately for her the Lieutenant's eye is on Katy Brown, the pretty young dresser with ambitions of becoming a singer. Katy gets her chance when she goes to Deadwood in place of a real star who has been booked to appear in the Saloon there. Her deception gets discovered, but she becomes popular in her own right as a singer in Deadwood. Calamity, played by Doris, takes advice from Katy and cleans herself up and dre
sses in feminine clothes in order to capture the Lieutenant's eye (all feminists click off now, quickly). This fails to work on the Lieutenant but does the trick with Wild Bill and they fall in love after some mishaps and jealousy on the way. End of plot. What makes the film delicious is the casting and the music. With handsome Howard Keel, as Wild Bill who would want the smarmy Lieutenant anyway? Doris Day is Doris Day, wonderful as usual, and the songs, written by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Webster include 'Secret Love',which received an Academy award for best song, the haunting 'Black Hills of Dakota' and the 'Deadwood Stage'. Surprisingly this musical later became a stage success. I say surprisingly because it is usually the other way around. If you can ignore the sometimes dodgy backdrops and the rather dated feminine outlooks and if you want pure escapism, this is the film for you, your children and your children's children. No blood, little violence (well she does shoot everybody including all the indians) plenty of music and dollops of charm. One I would thoroughly recommend for a video library and at around £9.99 from Amazon it's a bargain.....whip crack away, whip crack away, whip crack away.........
"Calamity Jane" was a film musical that could only have been made in 1950's Hollywood. It was made by Warner Bros. in 1953 at the height of the musical's popularity, and quality. MGM studios were reigning supreme in the musical department, producing masterpieces such as, "Singin' in the Rain"(1952), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"(1954) and "Gigi"(1958) to name a few. Warner Bros. borrowed Howard Keel from MGM to star alongside Doris Day in their new feature about a wildcat hillbilly girl, who, has no feminine interests, but who prides herself on her six-gun skills and masculinity. Slowly, and with a little help from a friend, she discovers womanly feelings, and what it is to fall in love, and transforms herself into a lady(almost!). Doris Day excels herself in the role as the impulsive, brash young woman, and Howard Keel, too, gives it his best, singing some memorable songs along the way. Doris Day has seldom acted better than this film, also singing the marvelous "Black Hills of Dakota", and the beautiful "Secret Love", one of the best selling tunes of all time. The film is a delight from start to finish and is a well crafted cinematic masterpiece. It is not offensive in the least, and harks back to the time when films were made for the whole family to be entertained, with wholesome values and morals added. Hollywood would not be able to make a film like this one now, even if they tried. "Calamity Jane" belongs to a bygone era, a more innocent time, and a gentler world. If you would like to be entertained with a gentle, refreshing blend of humour, pathos and melody, then "Calamity Jane" is well worth a look at.
This 1953 musical is very much a vehicle for Doris Day, in the title role, as a wild cowgal who can out-shoot and out-sing any boy on the range. When an actress arrives in Deadwood and uses her feminine charms on Jane's secret love, Wild Bill Hickock (Howard Keel), Jane tries to mend her tomboy ways. Not exactly up to the feminist code of honour, this is still energetic and Day is very perky. Of course, one could almost detect a homosexual undercurrent with the cross-dressing Jane, but this was Hollywood in the 1950s, so we best not. Calamity Jane won an Oscar for Best Song--"Secret Love", by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster. --Rochelle O'Gorman