“Stay here with us; there’s somebody trying to kill my father.”
When a schoolteacher (Jane Fonda) returns to Wyoming to visit her father (John Marley), she is shocked to find his life and property under threat by a ruthless developer (Reginald Denny). After joining forces with a local Indian (Tom Nardini) and a pair of outlaws (Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman), “Cat” (Fonda) hires a drunken gunslinger known as Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) to fight back against hired killer Tim Strawn (also Lee Marvin).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Flashback Films
- Jane Fonda Films
- Lee Marvin Films
- Satires and Spoofs
Lee Marvin won an Oscar for his dual performances in this comedic western, directed by Elliot Silverstein and starring Jane Fonda in the title role as a young woman who shifts from prim to feisty during the course of the screenplay.
The supporting cast members provide a solid “second family” of sorts for Cat:
… and Nat King Cole and Stubby Kate show up every now and then to provide a Greek-chorus-style commentary.
Marvin doesn’t appear until about half-an-hour into the film, and is more of a supporting character than a primary one, thus leading Peary not to give him the Best Actor award in Alternate Oscars. While Marvin’s work here is definitely amusing and memorable:
… I think I prefer him in his more typical stone-cold-villainous roles.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
- Lee Marvin as Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn
- Fine cinematography
No, though it’s worth a look.