Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
USA, 1953. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by James O’Hanlon. Cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline. Produced by William Jacobs. Music by David Buttolph, Howard Jackson. Production Design by John Beckman. Costume Design by Howard Shoup. Film Editing by Irene Morra.
I don’t know if Doris Day ever sounded lovelier than in this wonderful film. Obviously a rip-off of Annie Get Your Gun, this one features an inferior screenplay but a highly superior score to the Irving Berlin musical.
Calamity Jane (Day) is a gun-slinging gal of the Old West who will never get a guy by being such a tomboy. When she moves in with a female pal (wink wink), she learns a few things about going from butch to femme before finally wooing the attentions of Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel).
The songs come out one after the other, each more beautiful than the next, with the absolute pinnacle being the Oscar-winning theme “Secret Love”.
Academy Award: Best Song (“Secret Love”)
Nominations: Best Sound Recording; Best Scoring of a Musical Picture