Calamity Jane (1953)

Calamity Jane (1953) Doris Day once claimed that this movie was the closest to who she really was, and certainly her performance expresses wild exuberance and delight. Sammy Fain (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics) scored Billboard and Academy Award success with “Secret Love,” which, coupled with “The Dead Wood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away),” adds a lesbian subtext to this musical. “I Can Do Without You,” sung to love interest Howard Keel, reminds me of Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” from “Annie Get Your Gun” where it was also sung to Howard Keel. Nevertheless, David Butler once again displays his competent direction of musicals, and the choreography allows Doris Day to become a Cincinnati tomgirl.

 

 

Mother to six siblings when her own mother died,

A Canary in the West, she scrounged to provide.

Calamity Jane

She scrubbed and she danced and she drove an ox-team

To join Fort Laramie’s Hog Ranch downstream.

Alcoholic, scholars claim, but so were all cowboys

The Calamities of Calamity Jane – William B. Secrest (Click for full article.)

To fend off disease from Dakotas to Illinois.

Nicknamed by her Captain for saving his life,

Calamity Jane begins making money with her name. – Paul Johns (Click for full article)

Dime novels invented her skills with a knife.

Doris Day on a bicycle
Doris Day’s public image was the one role she could never shake off. ‘Girl next door’ was a label that didn’t suit a woman whose life was anything but ordinary. – Hadley Freeeman (Click image for full article.)

She claims to have witnessed Wild Bill gunned down

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And watched President McKinley hit the ground.

Controlling her self-image, this Angel of Mercy

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Doris Day passed away on Monday, May 13th at age 97. “Doris’ wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker. Friends and fans wishing to remember Doris Day, are encouraged to visit http://www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org.” You can do so by clicking the image above.

Helped smallpox victims when they were needy.

Calamity Jane & Smallpox in the Wild West
Calamity Jane & Smallpox in the Wild West Childhood immunity allowed Jane to care for stricken miners during the 1878 outbreak in Deadwood, S.D. (Click for full article.)

Posing with a rifle, Indian scout she still slings

Little-known fact: Everyone knows where Calamity Jane was buried, but few know that she was buried wearing a white dress and holding a gun in each hand.

Six husbands as notches on her weeding rings.

[Disposable Poem May 16, 2019]

Dr. Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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