Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

DVD - 2002
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Calamity Jane is a calamity at love--she's too busy cracking a bullwhip to pay much mind to such girlie what-alls as dresses and perfume.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2002
ISBN: 9780790766355
0790766353
9781419810831
1419810839
0419805002
Branch Call Number: DVD CAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
Jan 08, 2017

When it comes to gender-bending in Hollywood's "celluloid closet" - Here's a 1953 movie whose hit song "Secret Love" really takes on a whole new meaning (if you dig what I'm talking about here).

What lost this decidedly demented Chick Flick (?) some serious points was, of course, that ray of sunshine, Doris Day, and her utterly irksome performance as the title character.

Trying (dismally) to butch-it-up - Day, literally, chewed up the scenery, non-stop.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 21, 2016

(*Calamity Jane-character movie-quote*) - "You thought I was a man!!??"

Hey! - Are you ready for a 1953, Hollywood Western/Musical/Comedy/Romance that's a total - And I do mean "total" gender-bender?.... Well - Then get ready for "Calamity Jane".

So - As this gender-bending story goes - Even though she's really, truly, hopelessly in love with Katie Brown (and vice-versa) - Calamity Jane (an implied tomboy/lesbian) completely reforms herself (discarding all of her infantry drag, cussing lingo, and macho mannerisms) and (get this!) (in frilly frock and a sweet, feminine demeanour) agrees to marry Wild Bill Hickok.... (Groan to the max!)

Anyway - When it came down to her utterly embarrassing, over-the-top portrayal here - (Believe me) - Doris Day's scenery-chewing "Calamity" was absolutely cringe-worthy from start to finish.

I mean - Isn't it just too ironic for words that (years later) Day would claim that her Calamity character was, indeed, her absolute fave of her entire career?.... (Spare me!).... (*Watch gender-bender movie-clip*)

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 20, 2016

VERY GOOD whack, fun 1953 Doris Day movie where she plays a 'glibber fibber, cuter shooter, blond buckaroo in buckskins' (from trailer, which I always watchin special features). And uses an amusing country twang/drawl when she speaks. Quite a different role for 'the girl next door' - and well done.
Several great songs, too - like 'Whip, Crack Away', the 'Woman's Touch' duet, and especially 'Secret Love' which won an Oscar for Best Song.

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freckled2much
Dec 15, 2015

This was so much fun. Try saying "whip, crack away" three times fast, let alone sing it. I highly recommend it.

rufus_red4 Mar 25, 2015

An absolutely tuneful and joyful Hollywood musical. Doris Day is a revelation, an amazing triple threat talent who gets to showcase everything with this wonderful role. For anyone who wants to have a smile on their face, just watch this, it'll chase the blues away.

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kab1522
Apr 16, 2014

This was a really funny movie, with a really great cast and songs! I wouldn't mind watching it again.

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charmed04
Feb 25, 2012

Anyone who thinks musicals today are good need to see this. It's great clean fun. It's a classic with today's movies paling in comparison.

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KFedorov97
Feb 16, 2012

LOVED THIS MOVIE! The best musical I have seen in a LONG time!

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JayPea
Dec 30, 2011

I really enjoyed this film; it's nice to see Doris Day in a different role.

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