Musical Monday is back!
I’ve missed a few Musical Mondays now, so what better way to make up for it than with Calamity Jane??? This marks yet another Howard Keel musical, but who cares? He’s handsome, he sings well, he grows an awesome moustache…
Loosely based on Wild West heroes Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane (very loosely based), this is one of the most catchy, happiest musicals ever made. We open with our heroine Calamity Jane, played in the film by Doris Day, riding on the Deadwood Stage, and it is in Deadwood that the majority of the musical is set. Mistaken identities, Indian raids, transvestitism and unknowingly lesbian lyrics – these all take place over the next two hours of fun. I’m not going to talk too much about the story or the background of the film – it’s not my specialist subject, unlike Kiss Me Kate or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, so we should probably just look at some pictures and listen to some songs! How about that? Sound like a plan?
A woman’s touch. Unmistakeable.
It’s weird how this film has cropped up in some fantastic times of my life, completely unintentionally. It was the favourite film of an ex of mine, and I watched it once during a Eurovision party when I was in sixth form, and these occasions just stick in the mind. I can’t count the number of times when I watched it, or how many times I’ve seen other musicals, but there’s just something about the company that you watch a film with that make it memorable. Hmm. Just a thought. On with the songs!