Cat Ballou is a fun romp through the great American west. While it
presents a definite "Apple Dumpling Gang" atmosphere, it still retains
its gritty and resolute (...they'll never make her cry...) feeling.
One of the best American Western comedies.
Fonda is compelling as Catherine "Cat" Ballou, the
"schoolmarm-gone-bad." Her performance in this movie is among the best
performances of her career.
Lee Marvin's acting abilities really reach out and grab you with his
dual role as Kid Shelleen and brother-gone-horribly-wrong Tim Strawn.
As Shelleen, you get to experience his comedic genius (this movie has a
classic comedy scene that most of us never forget, featuring Marvin as
Shelleen sitting on his horse, and he AND the horse are leaning
drunkenly against a building), and as Tim Strawn, the tension POPS out
Michael Callan plays Clay Boone, Cat's would-be love interest. Michael
Callan, also known as Mickey Calin, has done tons of movies starting
with "They Came to Cordure" in 1959. In "Cat Ballou," his honest face
and earnest smile captivate you right away, and his performance as
Boone, holds you there. Although he's had loads of roles, most
Americans will probably remember him from his stint on "One Life to
Live," a popular American soap opera. (He played Jack Simmons.)
Frankie Ballou (Cat's Father) is played extremely well by John Marley;
a curmudgeonly rancher who has definite views (however odd they may be)
on the true origins of the Native American.
This movie has it all! Action, suspense, comedy and heart. It also
boasts some of the greatest stars of its time: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin,
Dwayne Hickman, Stubby Kaye (!!) (Marvin Acme in "Who Framed Roger
Rabbit, Ellis Island *1984,* Taxi *1953,* Guys and Dolls *1955,* and
Lil Abner *1959* among many more), Reginald Denny and Bruce Cabot!
The story is narrated in song by Nat King Cole, playing professor Sam
The Shade AS Nat King Cole. This movie whisks you from your seat,
carries you down the river, and plunges you over the waterfall. Hang on
and enjoy the ride.
It easily rates an 8.4/10 from...
the Fiend :.