Cinema: Wags Out West

Cat Ballou. Silkenly coiffed and carefully educated, the provocative young schoolmarm boards a train headed west to Wolf City, Wyo. To ward off thieves, gamblers and rapscallions, she seats herself across from a Bible-clutching man of the cloth. "I'm Catherine Ballou," she offers demurely.

"I'm drunk as a skunk," says the preacher, leering just a bit.

All too soon, the sham preacher helps a cattle rustler escape from jail. Persuaded to hide the hot-blooded crook in her Pullman berth, Catherine (Jane Fonda) begins to reveal a flair for lawlessness and disorder that turns out to be her most endearing trait. After she blows...

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