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Calamity Jane (DVD)
Member Name: jane08
Calamity Jane (DVD)
Date: 09/07/08, updated on 11/07/08 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Doris Day is as charming as ever
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.
Summary: A feel good movie for all the family