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Cat Ballou
Director: Elliot Silverstein (Dir)
Release Date:   24 Jun 1965
Premiere Information:   Denver, Colorado, opening: 7 May 1965
Duration (in mins):   96
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Cast:   Jane Fonda (Cat Ballou)  
    Lee Marvin (Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn)  
    Michael Callan (Clay Boone)  
    Dwayne Hickman (Jed)  
    Nat King Cole    
    Stubby Kaye (Shouters)  
    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 (Train messenger)  
    Robert Phillips (Klem)  
    Charles Wagenheim (James)  
    Duke Hobbie (Homer)  
    Ayllene Gibbons (Hedda)  
    Everett L. Rohrer (Train engineer)  
    Harry Harvey, Sr. (Train conductor)  
    Hallene Hill (Honey girl)  
    Gail Bonney (Mabel Bentley)  
    Joseph Hamilton (Frenchie)  
    Dorothy Claire (Singing tart)  
    Charles Horvath (Hardcase)  
    Chuck Roberson (Armed guard)  
    Nick Cravat (Ad-Lib)  
    Ted White (Gunslinger)  
    Erik Sorenson (Valet)  
    Ivan L. Middleton (Train fireman)  
    Carol Veazie (Mrs. Parker)  
    Elizabeth Harrower (1st lady)  
    .Maxine Gates (2d lady)  
    Jack Pepper (1st undertaker)  
    Patrick Campbell (2d undertaker)  
    John Francis    
    Syl Lamont    

Summary: Catherine Ballou, an aspiring schoolteacher, is traveling by train to Wolf City, Wyoming, to visit her rancher father, Frankie Ballou. En route she unwittingly helps accused cattle rustler Clay Boone elude his captor, the sheriff, when Boone's Uncle Jed, a drunkard disguised as a preacher, distracts the lawman. She reaches the ranch to find that the Wolf City Developing Company is trying to take away the ranch from her father, whose only defender is an educated Indian, Jackson Two-Bears. Clay and Jed appear and reluctantly offer to help Catherine. She also wires legendary gunfighter Kid Shelleen to come and help protect her father from fast-drawing Tim Strawn, alias Silvernose, the hired killer who is threatening Frankie. Shelleen arrives, a drunken stumblebum who is literally unable to hit the side of a barn when he shoots and whose pants fall down when he draws his gun. Strawn kills Frankie, but the townspeople refuse to bring him to justice, and Catherine becomes a revenge-seeking outlaw known as Cat Ballou. She and her four associates rob a train carrying the Wolf City payroll, and Shelleen, inspired by his love for Cat (unrequited because she loves Clay), shapes up and kills Strawn. Later he casually admits that Strawn was his brother. Cat poses as a prostitute and confronts town boss Sir Harry Percival, owner of the Wolf City Developing Company. A struggle ensues; Harry is killed; and Cat is sentenced to be hanged. Just as the noose is being placed around her neck, however, her gang arrives and stages a daring rescue. 

Production Company: Harold Hecht Corp.  
Production Text: A Harold Hecht Production
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures  
Director: Elliot Silverstein (Dir)
  Yakima Canutt (2nd unit dir)
  Lee Lukather (Asst dir)
  Ray Gosnell (Asst dir)
Producer: Harold Hecht (Prod)
  Mitch Lindemann (Assoc prod)
Writer: Walter Newman (Scr)
  Frank R. Pierson (Scr)
Photography: Jack Marta (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Malcolm Brown (Art dir)
Film Editor: Charles Nelson (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Richard Mansfield (Set dec)
Costumes: Bill Thomas (Miss Fonda's gowns)
Music: De Vol (Mus)
Sound: Charles J. Rice (Sd supv)
  Earl Snyder (Sd)
Dance: Miriam Nelson (Choreog)
Make Up: Ben Lane (Makeup supv)
  Virginia Jones (Hairstyles)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" and other songs, music and lyrics by Mack David and Jerry Livingston.
Composer: Mack David
  Jerry Livingston
Source Text: Based on the novel The Ballad of Cat Ballou by Roy Chanslor (Boston, 1956).
Authors: Roy Chanslor

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Harold Hecht Corp. 1/6/1965 dd/mm/yyyy LP30839

Physical Properties: col: Eastman Color by Pathé
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Genre: Western
  Comedy
  Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Alcoholism
  Brothers
  Capital punishment
  Butch Cassidy
  Extortion
  Family relationships
  Fugitives
  Gunfighters
  Hired killers
  Impersonation and imposture
  Indians of North America
  Murder
  Outlaws
  Preachers
  Ranchers
  Revenge
  Robbery
  Rustlers
  Schoolteachers
  Trains
  Wyoming

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