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Calamity Jane (1953) Poster

(1953)

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Character error 

The woman who plays Frances Fryer's date for the Ft. Scully ball is also seen in the chorus line for the Adelaid Adams finale in Chicago and then again with the group of ladies catching the wedding bouquets at the end of the movie.
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Continuity 

After leaving the ball at the fort, we cut to a shot of Calamity's bare back as she is undressing. Once she gets the dress off she is shown wearing undergarments that clearly cover most of her back.
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When Calamity rides into the Indian camp to rescue Dan, she fires seven shots from her six-shooter in such rapid succession she would have had no time to reload.
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Errors in geography 

The city of Deadwood in South Dakota is more than 900 miles from Chicago and yet various characters have no difficulty in traveling between the two cities from time to time. There were no cars or planes at the time and on horseback or coach would have taken at least a month. The person who wrote this must have missed the part where Calamity was on the train and also the the comment on the way back that 'The last 90 miles is by stage'. So it would have taken maybe a week for the round trip.
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Miscellaneous 

At the end of the movie as Hickock is driving the stagecoach out of town his right foot is on the brake.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Indians attack the coach, Calamity is seen firing over the leather suitcase. There is a dark spot on the side of the case just below her chin. A second later an arrow hits the spot, apparently following a wire that was edited out.
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When Calamity shoots at Katie at the ball in the fort, the bullet sprays punch all over Katie, but the punch bowl and glass remain unbroken (Katie can be seen to drop an unbroken glass)
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The arrow which lodges in Adelaid Adams' trunk atop the stagecoach casts two shadows, revealing studio lighting.
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When Francis Fryer is really getting into his number ("I've Got A Hive Full of Honey"), he drops his handkerchief while backing up to the trombonist. A quick cut and the chiffon hankie is back in his hand. He didn't stop to pick it up off the floor.
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In the close-up shot of Calamity suspended by the rope from the saloon ceiling, it is obvious that the rope is holding steady quite some way off the vertical. A wire is visible suspended to the seat of her trousers.
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