Saturday, December 15, 2007

Remembering Calamity Jane - goodness, Doris Day looked good in leathers!

Now that the ballot is closed, I feel free to mention this, albeit with a little trepidation. I didn't like to mention it at the time, because it would have looked like "spinning".

I wonder how many people these days actually remember Doris Day in "Calamity Jane"? It did occur to me that the "Calamity Clegg" title was dreamt up by someone who had an affection for old Hollywood musical films and was therefore familiar with the 1953 pistol packin' opus.

Somehow, when you remember Doris Day done up in a leather cowboy suit (above) singing "Whip crack-away!", the "Calamity Clegg" tag takes on a humourous, even camp, tinge. It is difficult to take as seriously, put that way. I think some of those who were a little po-faced about the "Calamity Clegg" tag may not have been aware of the Doris Day film. You can relive the song when she sings "Whip crack-away" - "Deadwood Stage" - below. It is recommended viewing for anyone who perhaps got a little wound up by the leadership election.

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