Cat Ballou is a 1965 American western comedy film starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his dual role. The story involves a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, and later to avenge his murder, only to find that the gunman is not what she expected. The supporting cast features Tom Nardini, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, and Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, who together perform the film's theme song, and who appear throughout the film in the form of travelling minstrels or troubadours as a kind of musical Greek chorus and framing device.
Catherine "Cat" Ballou, a notorious outlaw, is set to be executed in the small town of Wolf City, Wyoming. Two banjo and guitar playing "Shouters", Professor Sam the Shade and the Sunrise Kid, sing the ballad of Cat Ballou and regale the audience with the tale of how she began her career of crime.
|author||Frank Pierson Walter Newman|
|award||Academy Award for Best Actor|
|genre||comedy crime historical western|
|keywords||butch cassidy cassidy daring rescue finishing school guitar playing hired killer hole-in-the-wall inebriate kill native american native americans in the united states ranch hand scheme small town|
|musicBy||Frank De Vol|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|productionCompany||Harold Hecht Productions|
|theme||crime comedy feminist musical musical comedy|