many, many years ago when I was a baby gay and most of my friendship circle was still straight, a girl I was really close to wanted to show me her favourite musical - we both loved them, but I always went for the super glamorous looking ones, and this one had never struck me as likely - it was Calamity Jane.
I wasn’t particularly enthused (Doris Day?!), but holy shit I changed my tune when I realised, not very far in, that this movie was extremely gay.
baby butch “Calam” heads off to “Chicagi”, admiring every pretty woman she passes, then catches one glimpse of high femme Katie and her jaw hits the floor as she openly ogles and then murmurs, awed: “never known a woman could look like that!”
and that’s just the start!
and when I started exclaiming “this is a gay movie! this movie is gay! this is a very gay movie about lesbians falling in love and being gay!!!” my terribly straight friend was all “oh - do you think? I never saw that in it before!”
this movie literally has two women shacking up together and singing to each other about “a woman’s touch” and how “the magic of Aladdin couldn’t do as much” for fuck’s sake! how could it be seen as anything other than GAY GAY GAY???
“but Calamity is jealous of Katie and at the end she marries Wild Bill Hickok!”
ah, no, Calamity is threatened by all the attention men shower on Katie because she’s in love with her! also it was even harder to be gay in the 1800s and lots of women broke their girlfriends’ hearts by marrying men because it was safe!!! and it looked like Katie was gonna do just that! and Calam was devastated! destroyed! despondent!
except then Bill came up with the most wonderful solution for Calam and Katie to live in love for the rest of their lives and that supposed straight double wedding at the end was just a cover for Calam and Katie’s very lesbian wedding to each other and both women are grateful to their gay best friends for providing them with a cover. meanwhile, Bill and Danny are also in love and that double wedding is their opportunity to make vows to each other as well. the four of them live in happy gay love for the rest of their days!