Smartly summed up by Turner Classic Movies as a playful pastiche of “familiar motifs such as shootouts, train robberies, posses in pursuit, and frontier romance,” director Elliot Silverstein’s Cat Ballou stands out as a slightly dark
satire of the entire Western genre. Based on Roy Chanslor’s novel The Ballad of Cat Ballou, the 1965 classic stars Jane Fonda as a prim but tough-talking schoolteacher who hires boozy gunfighter Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) to protect her daddy’s ranch — and later avenge his murder with assistance from a motley crew of outlaws. Oddly equipped with a musically inclined Greek chorus comprised of old-school icons Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, the film helped establish the careers of both Fonda and Marvin — the latter winning an Oscar for his dual role as gunslingers Kid Shelleen and (spoiler alert: his brother) Tim Strawn. The Briscoe screens the ’60s-era gem in conjunction with its excellent Women of the West film series. $5 suggested donation, 6:30pm Tue, Jun. 20, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., (210) 299-4499, briscoemuseum.org.