Calamity Jane (1953)

calamity jane musicalIf you’re looking for an unsightly man in lipstick who sings, “I’ve got a hive full of honey for the right kind of honeybee,” then your wish is only a whip crack away.


Gotta love the lifelike landscape behind that stagecoach.

Ah, yes, Doris Day: The queen of cheese. The empress of enthusiasm. The boisterous barrel of ever-glowing sunshine in a world that just wants a little bit of shade. That’s alright, Doris. We can handle you in controlled portions.

Until very recently, I hadn’t seen this movie in more than 20 years. And I must admit, it’s still a guilty pleasure.  I say “still” because my mother unintentionally brainwashed me into watching this film regularly as a child. In fact, by the time I was old enough to go to school, I’d just assumed every kid in the world had seen this movie and that Doris Day was the hippest celebrity of the 1990s.

calamity jane doris dayOH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  I wasn’t kidding about the guy in lipstick. Once you see him sing his sultry melody, that song will be mercilessly seared into your subconscious. Oh well, que sera, sera.

Whether it was rescuing a Lieutenant, tracking down a singer from Chicago, or holding back angry mobs of cowboys Calamity knew how to get things done. She never sat back and waited or hoped somebody else would take care of a problem.

We should do the same. I already shared this quote from Ronald A. Rasband in another post, but I love it so much I have to share it again:

“If you come upon a person who is drowning, would you ask if they need help—or would it be better to just jump in and save them from the deepening waters? The offer, while well meaning and often given, ‘Let me know if I can help’ is really no help at all.”

When we see a need, and we wonder if we should help, there’s no reason to be timid—but there is every reason to be confident in taking immediate action.

One more quote—this time from Jose L. Alonso:

“For many who have need of our help, it is not necessary to create new programs or take actions which are complicated or costly. They only need our determination to serve—to do the right thing at the right time, without delay.”

“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him…

“Go, and do thou likewise.” — Luke 10:25-37

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