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Calamity Jane (1953) was a Western - Musical Film directed by David Butler and produced by William Jacobs.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringRay HeindorfNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Sammy Fain; Lyrics by Paul Francis WebsterWon
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Calamity Jane (1953)

on Jul 19, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published March 21st, 2012 Calamity Jane was the latest film I watched for my Women in Film class and this movie is frustrating. ?It’s cute and has some good songs and Doris Day is beautiful no matter how hard she tries, but the issue of femininity and female competition over men re... Read full article


Calamity Jane (1953)

By Beatrice on Oct 22, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Calamity Jane Directed by David Butler Written by James O’Hanlon 1953/USA Warner Bros. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental I have loved this movie since I first saw it on my parent’s black-and-white TV set. Calamity Jane was a real person. ?This musical takes liberties with her story. ?Ca... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: CALAMITY JANE (1953)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 18, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Calamity Jane (1953) transforms a Western legend into a frontier Cinderella story, complete with the requisite ball, but instead of a prince our heroine is out to land a handsome cavalry lieutenant. This Warner Brothers musical, directed by David Butler, can't be faulted for its lack of historical v... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: CALAMITY JANE (1953)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 18, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Calamity Jane (1953) transforms a Western legend into a frontier Cinderella story, complete with the requisite ball, but instead of a prince our heroine is out to land a handsome cavalry lieutenant. This Warner Brothers musical, directed by David Butler, can't be faulted for its lack of historical v... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: CALAMITY JANE (1953)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 18, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Calamity Jane (1953) transforms a Western legend into a frontier Cinderella story, complete with the requisite ball, but instead of a prince our heroine is out to land a handsome cavalry lieutenant. This Warner Brothers musical, directed by David Butler, can't be faulted for its lack of historical v... Read full article


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Quotes from

Calamity Jane: [while in Chicago, sees a store window with wigs on display] Scalps!


[Bill is dressed as an Indian woman with a baby]
Calamity Jane: Gosh almighty, it's Bill Hickok!
[proceeds to laugh along with everyone else]
Wild Bill Hickok: [hands baby over] Here take him.
[stands up]
Wild Bill Hickok: The next man that laughs is gonna get his head ventilated.
[silence and Bill sits down. Calamity laughs again after a few moments]


Calamity Jane: [singing] At last my heart's an open door / And my secret love's no secret any more.


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Facts about

Doris Day has often cited this particular movie and title role as her personal favorite among her 39 film appearances.
A Columbia Records album of selections from the Sammy Fain-Paul Francis Webster film score was comprised of four songs directly from the soundtrack (supervised by Ray Heindorf), and four tunes commercially rerecorded by Doris Day alone (arranged and conducted by Paul Weston). The original 10-inch LP has been transferred to CD in Britain by Prism Platinum. In 1995, another English label, Jay Records, re-created the complete film score, adding five numbers from the 1979 British stage production.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s, Doris Day recalled seeing early dailies from this film, in which she was stomped about the set in buckskins and leather, speaking in a high, girlishly feminine voice. She immediately brought her line readings down several registers, so she'd sound as tough as she looked.
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