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Calamity Jane (DVD)
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Calamity Jane (DVD)
Date: 29/12/00, updated on 29/12/00 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Good clean fun.
Disadvantages: Don't make 'em like this anymore.
"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.