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I have to admit I'm not a big Doris Day fan; I do like her okay in some of her roles, but this film is absolutely cringe worthy. I understand this is not a serious movie and it does have a fun lighthearted feel, but Day so overacts trying to be a western tomboy it's unbearable. The music is just great because it sticks in your head for days and days after seeing the film. I don't know the words exactly but I've got the tune and "windy city" playing round and round nonstop. I do wonder if when Day was lifted and lowered by her arms she felt any pain; when I saw it I thought of my arms being pulled out of their sockets, so I will give her credit for her stunt work.
A Western musical with a questionable history concerning Calamity Jane & Bill Hicock. Day & Keel give solid work as the two mentioned historical figures, although Day seems like too much of a loud-mouth in the beginning. "Secret Love" won the Best Song Oscar, and the story has a predictable plot that viewers can see ahead of time. An entertaining and safe, straight-forward film. I give it a 3.5/5.
Fun! Fun! Fun Musical!
- maureen v.V
Doris Day was being herself as Calamity Jane. Fun and happy. Howard Keel is a handsome rugged Wild Bill Hickok. A good, fun musical movie to see.
When will we see it on TCM?
TCM is featuring 28 of Day's films as Star of the Month and they don't feature "Calamity Jane"? I can't believe the TCM programmers would've left out the film that's one of her favorites.
Of course Betty Hutton could play a more believable Calamity Jane. But she could not play a better Doris Day. And Doris Day is a delightful doll in this presentation.
What a fun movie!
If you like fun, light-hearted musical comedies, then you will certainly love Calamity Jane. It's filled with colorful costumes, catchy tunes, and a lot of laughs. One of Dorris Day's best!
Calamiyty Jane (1953)
- Jay Higgins
Overbearingly colorful and peppy, as well as way overlong. This is the kind of musical that just makes me groan. Doris Day gives such an exaggerated performance it gets annoying. There are some good songs, and it is well produced, but it has a phony look too it. There was little attempt at period detail.
We Want All Of Betty Huttons movies
- Julie Crebs
This was a wonderful movie but there are so many more Betty Hutton movies out there that are not available for us to own on DVD: Let's Dance, Incendiary Blonde, Red Hot and Blue, Dream Girl, Spring Reunion, Somebody Loves Me, Star Spangled Rhythm. Please let us have them all. Now that Betty is gone, we need her movies to remember her.
Would love to see this on TCM
One of the grand old musicals.
- Lewis Stone
While this movie may not be the quality of "Singing in the Rain" it certainly deserves to be added to your library of grand old musicals. You have a large number of Doris Day movies. Why not this one? I was learning to be a projectionest at the local theater at the time. This movie was the one where i "soloed" as a projectionist.
Best Musical of the '50's
Doris Day says it was her personal favorite. Would love to see it on TCM.