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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Calamity Jane (1953)

Traditional westerns were plentiful in the 1950s, but musical westerns were a rarer occurrence. Calamity's script lacks much in the way of originality and is almost painfully predictable, but the screen presence of Doris Day (as Calamity) and Allyn McLerie (as Katie Brown) go a long way in making a viewer forget all of that. Both women are superb, bringing a sunny and spirited lustre to what's an otherwise rather bland portrayal of Deadwood. The famous town serves as the setting for a film with showmanship and charms that have as much in common with Broadway and theatre as they do the cowboy genre.

3 whip crack-aways out of 5

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