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Palm Springs International Film Society presents FREE screening of Cat Ballou
Community Outreach Program continues “How the West Was Won: Evolution of the Western Genre” series

Contact: David Lee
Marketing and Publicity Manager
Palm Springs International Film Society

Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs International Film Society is presenting a new community education program series called How The West Was Won: The Evolution of the Western Genre. This retrospective of classic films will explore that profoundly American genre, the Western, focusing on the ways it has reflected attitudes and events in American culture over the years.

The third film in the series will be Elliot Silverstein’s Cat Ballou. By playing with the conventions of the western genre without turning into a harsh satire, this film remains one of the truest western spoofs to date. Cat Ballou is a camp classic, which joyously explores how the same elements that made so many westerns great could also make them hilarious.

Following the screening, the director, Elliot Silverstein, will lead a discussion with the audience. In addition to Cat Ballou, Mr. Silverstein also directed another western by the title of A Man Named Horse as well as numerous episodes from popular television series such as Dr. Kildare, The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, July 25th—7:00 pm, Palm Canyon Theatre — 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA. Admission is free - Seating is Limited — Reservations Required, Call 760-322-2930 ext. 253 or email For more information visit

Cat Ballou (1965)
Directed by Elliot Silverstein

Screenplay by Walter Newman and Frank R. Pierson, based on the novel by Roy Chanslor

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Tom Nardini, Reginald Denny, Nat King Cole, Stubby Kaye

When Catherine ‘Cat’ Ballou (Jane Fonda) returns home from her post as a schoolteacher, she discovers that a greedy local cattle baron, Sir Harry (Reginald Denny), threatens the life of her father. To protect him, she calls upon the legendary Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin). However, when he arrives, Cat learns that this once famous gunslinger is now nothing more than a common drunk, not even able to hit the broad side of a barn—literally. When Silvernose (also played by Marvin) succeeds in killing her father, Cat, Shelleen and an unlikely band of desperadoes (Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman and Tom Nardini) set out to get their revenge.

Lee Marvin won an Oscar® for Best Actor at the 1966 Academy Awards for his dual role as both Kid Shelleen and Silvernose.

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