Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane (1953)

Doris Day looks no more like the real Calamity Jane than you or I do, but this 1953 film is intended as a lighthearted musical, not a historical tract. As portrayed by the freckled Ms. Day, Jane is a rootin', tootin' shootin'… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 4, 1953
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Doris Day works very, very hard at being Calamity and is hardly realistic at all.

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Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)

Boisterous fun, with Day's performance - as the song goes - as busy as a fizzy sarsaparilla.

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A must for Doris Day fans -- she gives a rousing, no-holds barred performance that is unquestionably the making of the film.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A shrill and preposterous musical Western.

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide

Even if the screenwriters were obviously inspired by the mega-success of Annie Get Your Gun, that doesn't make this funny, rambunctious entertainment a mere rip-off.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

As a pistol-packin' cowgirl in fringed leather trousers, Day is terrific, an object of athletic awe and irrepressible good cheer.

Neil Smith
Total Film

Sammy Fain's hummable tunes and Paul Francis Webster's lyrics merit full-throated accompaniment.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

The opening sequence of this wonderful musical is pure pleasure, as Doris Day rides the Deadwood stage across the screen and into our hearts.

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Peter Bradshaw

The tunes are gold, and as Jane approaches a local creek, resplendent in her gorgeous yellow gown, we get one of the most famous visual gags in the history of the musical.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
rootin tootin and rambunctious
xGary Xx
Doris Day wheels out Que Sera yet again in a comic western that will appeal to fans of romantic musicals. Of which I am not one.
Sarah Burton
Doris Day is on a role with this role. The songs, oh the songs. Howard Keel... The old west. The humour. The fun. The action. Oh how I love this film!