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CAT BALLOU
March 28, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

Lee Marvin does a great job in this 1965 Western comedy, and won an Oscar for his impressive efforts, playing a has-been gunfighter in both his drunken and sober states – and more. The intermittent songs by frontier balladeers Nat ‘King’ Cole and Stubby Kaye are a delight, as are the performances by Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman and Tom Nardini as members of a newly formed outlaw gang. But it’s Jane Fonda, as the film’s titular leader of that outlaw gang, who enchants the most. This is the film that turned Fonda from ingénue daughter of a film star to a film star in her own right.

 
 
 
 
 
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