"Calamity Jane" is a 1953 musical Western film directed by David Butler and starring Doris Day in the title role. The film tells the story of the legendary frontierswoman Calamity Jane and her adventures in the American West during the late 1800s.
In the film, Calamity Jane travels to Chicago to bring back famous stage performer Adelaid Adams to Deadwood, South Dakota. However, Calamity Jane mistakenly brings back Adams' maid, Katie Brown, instead. The two women form an unlikely friendship, and Calamity Jane must learn to balance her rough and tumble ways with her desire to be more feminine and accepted by society.
The film features several popular musical numbers, including "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)" and "Secret Love," which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Doris Day's performance as Calamity Jane is considered a highlight of the film, with her combination of toughness and vulnerability making the character more relatable and sympathetic.
"Calamity Jane" was a critical and commercial success, cementing Doris Day's status as a leading lady in Hollywood. The film's enduring popularity has also led to several stage adaptations and revivals over the years, with many performers paying homage to Day's iconic portrayal of the character.