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Calamity Jane (1963)

A Wild West cow town is starving for entertainment, and it falls upon Calamity Jane, a rowdy, gun-toting,jeans-wearing tomboy, to go to Chicago to bring back a famed stage actress. She ... See full summary »

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Ernie Flatt (as Ernest Flatt)

Writers:

Charles Freeman (stage adaptation) (as Charles K. Freeman), Phil Shuken (written for television by) (as Phillip Shuken)
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Credited cast:
Carol Burnett ... Calamity Jane
Art Lund ... Will Bill Hickok
Bernard West Bernard West ... Henry Miller (as Bernie West)
Beryl Towbin Beryl Towbin ... Katie Brown
Don Chastain ... Lt. Danny Gilmartin
Mark Harris Mark Harris ... Francis Fryer
Cathryn Damon ... Adelaide Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy Doney Randy Doney ... Dancer / Singer
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A Wild West cow town is starving for entertainment, and it falls upon Calamity Jane, a rowdy, gun-toting,jeans-wearing tomboy, to go to Chicago to bring back a famed stage actress. She brings instead the star's maid, who settles in the town, but Jane's love interest falls for her. Written by WesternOne

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1963 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Calamity Jane: Well, lemme tell you somethin' right here and now. Whatever I lie about I can prove.
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Carol Burnett's first starring TV role
3 August 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

This rendition of "Calamity Jane" is an okay comedy musical made for TV. As with so many TV movies that were shot on stages for later showing, this one hasn't been issued on DVD as of 2018. I watched it from a taping of the 1963 show.

Carol Burnett was 30 years old at the time of this show, and she had been around TV since 1955. She had starred in the 1959 Broadway musical, "Once Upon a Mattress." She had played roles in some TV series before. But this was her first TV movie, and her first role as the leading star. She is a fine singer with a normal voice. But, she can carry a tune well. And, with her comedy, she is able to carry this production.

Art Lund is good and sings a couple songs as Wild Bill Hickok. Lund's singing and acting career was mostly on Broadway. Most of the rest of the cast are little known other than on Broadway. They do okay here. Besides the few songs and comedy, the show has a couple of dance numbers with some fine choreography.

The video recording quality of the show isn't very good. If one enjoys musicals and comedy, this is worth watching if it can be found in a library or a friend's video collection. But otherwise, it's not something to spend more than a couple dollars on to buy or watch.

Here are some favorite lines form this film.

Calamity Jane, "Well, lemme tell you somethin' right here and now. Whatever I lie about I can prove."

Lt. Danny Gilmartin, "Calamity Jane? The one and only Calamity Jane?" Calamity Jane, "Miss Calamity Jane."

Lt. Danny Gilmartin, "May I have the privilege of calling on you?" Calamity Jane, "I was just going to ask you that same thing."

Lt. Danny Gilmartin, "I know this may sound a little forward..." Calamity Jane, "Out with it." Lt. Gilmartin, "Well, would you..." Calamity, "Yes!" Lt. Gilmartin, "Would you show me everything you know about scouting and dirty Indian fighting?" Calamity, "Well, uh, the scouting shouldn't take too long, and as to the dirty Indian fightin,' we could kinda work that out together on the sofa."

Calamity Jane, "You know, when I thought Danny loved me, I was happy as a butcher's dog."


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