Cat Ballou

Movie Details

DirectorElliot Silverstein
Key CastJane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Nat “King” Cole, Stubby Kaye, Tom Nardini
MPAA RatingNot Rated
Film TypeColor
Genre(s)Western, Comedy
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“Cat Ballou” is a Spoof Western Starring Lee Marvin and
Jane Fonda

Cat Ballou (Jane Fonda) is about to be hung. How did she get in this situation? The story is about to unfold with the help of troubadours Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye who sing along the song of “Cat Ballou” as the movie progresses.
It all starts when schoolteacher Cat Ballou (Jane Fonda) decides to come visit her father. After arriving in town, she discovers that the Wolf Development Company is trying to get her father’s land and the accompanying water rights. The unscrupulous leader has even hired a mean gunfighter, Tim Strawn (Lee Marvin) to help.
Unwilling to let them take the land without a fight, Cat Ballou hires her own gunman named Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) to help defend the property. But her hired gun, Kid Shellen, didn’t tell her that he has a drinking problem and can’t shoot very well.
Undaunted, “Cat Ballou” takes matters into her own hands and uses a hodge-podge group of men to help her protect her land from the Wolf Company.
Lee Marvin plays two roles in “Cat Ballou” – that of Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn. He won the Best Actor Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his dual roles in this western.

• “Cat Ballou” is based on the novel, “The Ballad of the Cat Ballou” by Roy Chanslor. The novel is a serious story, but the movie is a comedy.
• Lee Marvin plays two roles in “Cat Ballou.” He is Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn. For his outstanding acting in “Cat Ballou” he won two major Best Actor Awards – The Academy Award and The Golden Globe.
• Nat “King” Cole died of cancer several months before “Cat Ballou” was released. This was Nat King Cole’s last screen appearance as an actor in a film.
• “Cat Ballou” was also nominated for four 1966 Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Jane Fonda), Best Original Song (“Ballad of Cat Ballou”) and Most Promising Newcomer (Tom Nardini)


Cat Ballou Movie DVD

Jane Fonda stars as “Cat Ballou” in this comedy western.   Lee Marvin plays two roles in this western – bad guy Tim Strawn and drunk gunfighter Kid Shellen – for which he won two major acting awards – The Best Actor Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.

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