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Doris Day

Calamity Jane

+ intro by Professor Richard Dyer, King’s College London

Doris Day shares her secret love in this whip-crackin’ musical western.

Image from Calamity Jane + intro by Professor Richard Dyer, King’s College London

USA 1953
Dir David Butler
With Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie
101min
Digital
Certificate U

A cross-dressin’, gun-totin’ Day whip-cracks her way across Dakota and into our hearts in a musical western that’s a dose of pure joy. Despite the love interest of booming-voiced Howard Keel, Calamity feels far more like a great lesbian classic, particularly when Day sings ‘Secret Love’ or in the jaw-dropping, butch-femme homebuilding number ‘A Woman’s Touch’.

Robin Baker

Also available on BFI Player.

See our sing-along screening on Sat 7 Dec and details of a Doris Day Day joint ticket.


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