Thursday, September 25, 2008

Calamity Jane (1953)

Biography Musical:
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok

OK folks, there are very few DVD/Movies I can wholeheartedly recommend for the entire family, but Calamity Jane is one of them! Made in 1953, when Doris Day was in her early 20's, Calamity Jane made Doris a musical and theatre star. No question about it, Doris Day carries this movie on her slim feminine shoulders. She absolutely shines as Calamity Jane, the ultimate western tomboy cowgirl. Doris excels in singing (the songs are positively addicting and you will be humming them for days to come), dancing (wow, can she dance!), shooting (well, she pretends to shoot), and acting (comedy and drama) her way through this rolicking enjoyable film. Doris Day is just a treat to watch and the kids will fall in love with her. Day is so talented in so many different ways, and this film is a perfect vehicle to showcase her talents. Doris definitely deserves an A+ for her performance.

The supporting cast is terrific as well, with Howard keel as the baritone singing Wild Bill Hickok, and Allyn Ann McLerie as Katie Brown, Calamity's girlfriend and rival for the romantic attentions of US Cavalry's Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin.

The plot is simple, fun, and entertaining; the whole family will enjoy this one from 2 year old Terrible Too to 102 year old grandma! There is nothing deep here for your mind to think about, no, this is a movie to just sit back and enjoy, and enjoy it you will.

Highly recommended!
Jim "Konedog" Koenig

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