calamity jane

the year: 1953

the genre: musical

the cast: Doris Day (Calamity Jane); Howard Keel (Wild Bill Hickock); Allyn McLerie (Katie Brown); Philip Carey (Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin); Dick Wesson (Francis Fryer)

the plot: Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the land of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock.

did you know: Doris Day recorded the song "My Secret Love" in only one take.

check out: Francis Fryer’s debut at the Golden Garter.

listen for: “I got a strange feelin' somebody's bein' hustled.”

extra bonus points: if you know where CJ ranked on Doris Day’s list of favorite movies.


Erika said...

Top? It must have been a blast to make. Thanks for putting 'A woman's touch'. That's probably my favorite part. I'm sure it inspired many a home makeover. If only it was that easy!

Millie Motts said...

Answer: her very favorite.