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The Legend of
Calamity Jane

Title Card - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE

 Kids' WB Network
1997
Drama
30 Minutes

Based on the true-life adventures of the famed frontierswoman Martha Jane Canary-Burke (a.k.a. Calamity Jane), this animated adventure followed the exploits of fiery, redheaded  heroine as she righted wrongs and searched for truth and justice in the lawless Old West of the late nineteenth century.

Traveling with her sidekick Joe Presto, Calamity (Barbara Scaff) tracked down outlaws as a bounty hunter for the US Military.

And along the way, if any bad guy got in her way, like outlaw Bill Doolin (Mark Rolston), she'd put them in their place with a crack of her whip or a shot from her trusty pistol. 

"She was a lone crusader for justice. Bringing fear to the hearts of outlaws everywhere. And keeping the spirit of the wild west alive and kicking. And now the legend of Calamity Jane." -- Opening Narration

Calamity Jane - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE

Friends of Calamity Jane included:

  • Frank Welker as Joe Presto, Calamity's gruff, white-bearded trail sidekick. He rides a mule and carries a sawed-off doubled- barrel shotgun laced with rock salt for that extra bite in the pants.
  • Clancy Brown  as Wild Bill Hickok, famed frontier gunfighter living in Deadwood, South Dakota. He is Calamity Jane's love interest. Calamity was also friends with fellow gunfighters, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Buffalo Bill Cody.
  • Michael Horse as Quanna Parker, a spirit walker who speaks with the animals. He is Jane's Comanche Indian friend. Calamity constantly tried to help defuse the escalating violence between the settlers and her Native Americans. Once, Calamity stopped a lynch mob from killing an innocent Comanche Indian by shooting a hangman's rope in two as it tightened around the Indian's neck.
  • Tim Matheson as Capt. John O'Rourke, a US 5th Cavalry officer stationed at  Fort Lunquin who occasionally offered Calamity assignments to help the military. John is interested in Calamity but she's got Wild Bill to keep her happy, at least for now. Sometimes, John duty as an army officer blinds his recognition of the Indians as human beings. Once, Calamity demanded that he stop calling them "injuns" and that they were honorable people who had real names worth remembering..
  • Miriam Flynn as Lonely Sue

WB Kids Promo to The Legend of Calamity Jane

Narrator: The legend is true.
Outlaw: What in tarnation?
Narrator: She the fastest whip the Wild West has ever seen. See Kids WB's newest action all-star. Calamity Jane ...and now she's laying down the law and rounding up the dirtiest pack of varmints this side of outlaw county.
Outlaw: Who you callin' dirty?
Narrator: Yep, the spirit of the wild west is alive and kicking on Kids WB
Outlaw: There she goes! There she goes!
Narrator: The Legend of Calamity Jane premieres today on Kids WB.

The Legend of Calamity Jane - Logo
Calamity Jane - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE Calamity Jane & Joe Presto - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE
Calamity Jane with her whip - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE
Jane and Quanna Parker - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE Captain John O'Rourke - THE LEGEND OF CALAMITY JANE

TRIVIA NOTE: "The Legend of Calamity Jane" was produced by France's Contre Allée, France 3, and Canal +, and distributed by the British company Itel and the U.S. company Kids Network. It was the first European series to be pre-bought by American Network television,.

The series debuted on Kids' WB on September 1997, but only three of the 13 episodes were ever aired, even though the program was initially heavily promoted. The full series aired in France and Canada from 1997 to 1998 and in Portugal in 2002.

Born in Princeton, Missouri,  Martha Jane Canary-Burke ("Calamity Jane") died of pneumonia on August 1, 1903. In accordance with her dying wish, Calamity Jane was buried next to Wild Bill Hickok in Mt. Moriah cemetery, overlooking the city of Deadwood.

Reportedly, Calamity Jane had earned her nickname in 1872, when she rescued her superior Captain Egan from an ambush near Sheridan, Wyoming.


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