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Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
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A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

Director:

Elliot Silverstein

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Marvin ... Shelleen / Strawn
Jane Fonda ... Cat Ballou
Michael Callan ... Clay Boone
Dwayne Hickman ... Jed
Nat 'King' Cole ... Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
Stubby Kaye ... Shouter / Sam the Shade
Tom Nardini Tom Nardini ... Jackson Two-Bears
John Marley ... Frankie Ballou
Reginald Denny ... Sir Harry Percival
Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Butch Cassidy
Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Maledon
Burt Mustin ... Accuser
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Train Messenger
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Storyline

Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate's gunman, she vows to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

It's That Way-Out Whopper Of A Funny Western...A She-Bang To End All She-Bangs! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balladen om Cat Ballou See more »

Filming Locations:

Custer County, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,666,667
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nat 'King' Cole had a nightly singing engagement at a Lake Tahoe nightclub. He would commute daily between Lake Tahoe and the set in order to do both. Everyone noticed that Cole was coughing a great deal whenever he was on the set and losing weight, but most figured he was just running himself down with such a gruelling schedule. Unbeknownst to them and to Cole himself, he was already very sick with lung cancer. See more »

Goofs

The hot "steam" vapors which emerge from Kid Shelleen's bath should rise rather than sink as they are ostensibly lighter than air; they sink because they are actually heavier-than-air dry ice vapors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Sam The ShadeThe Sunrise Kid: [singing] Well now friends just lend an ear for you're now about to hear the Ballad of Cat Ballou.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear in the pages of a Playbill magazine. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung by the Townsfolk
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Cat Ballou
2 September 2005 | by jcolyer1229See all my reviews

Henry Fonda's daughter, Jane, came into her own. As Cat Ballou, she stars in one of the funniest movies ever made. Westerns were no longer in vogue, and this parody found its niche. Jane is beautiful, in the prime of innocence. Dwayne Hickman adds dialogue that is still quotable. "On the run, ma'am, hidin' out in the crowd." My roommate at college saw this movie so many times, he knew the script by heart. He recited it line for line one night lying on his bed. I was amazed! He had a picture of Jane Fonda taped on the ceiling above him. I can still hear "The Ballad of Cat Ballou." "It's a hangin' day in Wolf City, Wyomin'...Wolf City, Wyomin' 1894." Lee Marvin won a Best Actor Oscar for his dual roles as Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn.


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