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Cat Ballou (1965)

NR 97 min - Comedy, Western - 24 June 1965
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The sleeper hit of 1965, CAT BALLOU was declared an instant classic when its sly blend of Western parody and rapid-fire action hit the screen. Lee Marvin won an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor in his dual role as both Tim Strawn, a noseless ("it got bit off in a fight") gunslinger, and as Kid Shelleen, the woozy, boozy, has-been who goes up against Strawn at high noon. In accepting the award, Marvin said"I think half of this belongs to a horse somewhere in the Valley" referring to the hilarious scene where Marvin and the horse both lean against a shed in a drunken stupor (certainly one of the most famous sight gags ever). Jane Fonda, at the height of her sex-kitten period, stars as Catherine "Cat" Ballou, the schoolmarm-turned-outlaw who teams with Kid to protect her father's ranch from a greedy railroad tycoon. Filmed in just 32 days, CAT BALLOU went on to become one of the biggest box office hits of 1965, proving the popularity of the Western spoof. Singer Nat King Cole and comedian Stubby Kaye also appear in this wild and wooly Western comedy classic, singing the title song"The Ballad of Cat Ballou."

Director:  Elliot Silverstein
Stars:  Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Nat 'King' Cole, Stubby Kaye, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, John Marley, Reginald Denny, Jay C. Flippen, Bruce Cabot, Burt Mustin, Paul Gilbert, Tom Nardini

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The sleeper hit of 1965, CAT BALLOU was declared an instant classic when its sly blend of Western parody and rapid-fire action hit the screen. Lee Marvin won an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor in his dual role as both Tim Strawn, a noseless ("it got bit off in a fight") gunslinger, and as Kid Shelleen, the woozy, boozy, has-been who goes up against Strawn at high noon. In accepting the award, Marvin said"I think half of this belongs to a horse somewhere in the Valley" referring to the hilarious scene where Marvin and the horse both lean against a shed in a drunken stupor (certainly one of the most famous sight gags ever). Jane Fonda, at the height of her sex-kitten period, stars as Catherine "Cat" Ballou, the schoolmarm-turned-outlaw who teams with Kid to protect her father's ranch from a greedy railroad tycoon. Filmed in just 32 days, CAT BALLOU went on to become one of the biggest box office hits of 1965, proving the popularity of the Western spoof. Singer Nat King Cole and comedian Stubby Kaye also appear in this wild and wooly Western comedy classic, singing the title song"The Ballad of Cat Ballou."



Tagline: It's That Way-Out Whopper Of A Funny Western...A She-Bang To End All She-Bangs!

Genres: Comedy, Western

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  24 June 1965

Box Office

Revenue:  $20,666,667

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Harold Hecht Productions

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 37 min

Academy Award Nominations and Win

ACTOR — Lee Marvin {“Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn”}  – WON
FILM EDITING — Charles Nelson
MUSIC (Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment) — DeVol
MUSIC (Song) — “The Ballad Of Cat Ballou,” Music by Jerry Livingston; Lyrics by Mack David
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Walter Newman, Frank R. Pierson


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