“Cat Ballou” (1965) at the Cerrito on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00

See how the West was fun, with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, in “Cat Ballou,” at the Cerrito on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

Cat (Catherine) Ballou,played by Jane Fonda, is a prim and proper schoolmarm who returns to her home in Wolf City, Wyoming, to learn that her father John Marley is in danger from greedy developers who are after his ranch.

When hired gun Tim Strawn (Lee Marvin) kills Harley, Cat (hilariously) morphs into a gun toting wildcat/sex kitten, set upon vengeance. Her main instrument turns out to be a drunken, washed-up gunslinger called Kid Shelleen (also played by Lee Marvin).

The mood of the movie strikes comedic notes, as we see and hear Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, playing minstrels, accompany the story, singing “The Ballad of Cat Ballou.”

It’s a quirky comedy Western, spoofing the Wild West while still retaining some respect for the era.

“Cat Ballou” was nominated for five Oscars, winning one: Lee Marvin for playing both contract killer Jack Strawn and his alcoholic brother Kid Shelleen. (It was the only time in film history that someone has won for playing a dual role.)

Don’t miss the fun!

“Cat Ballou” will play only once at the Cerrito, on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as the movie may sell out. All seats are $9.50. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics usually play at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The price is $9.50 for all seats.

Coming soon

  • May 19 at 7:00, American Graffiti


Rialto Cinemas Cerrito requires proof of vaccination for all attendees age 12 and up. Please read the details of the policy here, on the Rialto web site.