Historical Lesbian Content / Hollywood Treatment of Lesbians / Overt and Covert Lesbian Storylines

Reasons Why The 50s Was The Gayest Decade In Hollywood History

I’m sure between 1933 and 1953 there are a lot of lesbian-centric films I haven’t seen or have forgotten. Back in those days making movies was basically a Monday-Friday gig and there is arguably just as much content being churned out then as there is now.

For example, there could be a whole blog just about Katherine Hepburn. None of her movies are overtly gay but she did always portray powerful woman who often wear slacks.

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Katherine Hepburn. Slacks.

       

A book surfaced a few years ago from a man who claims to have been the Heidi Fleiss of Old Hollywood spilling the secrets of the sexual preferences of our most beloved stars.

It’s called Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of The Stars by Scotty Bowers

And back to the task at hand. The gayest movie of my childhood:

CALAMITY JANE (1953) DIR. DAVID BUTLER STARRING DORIS DAY

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Calam. Slacks.

A gun slinging tomboy travels from her home of Deadwood City to Chicago to convince a famous actress to come do a show at their theater.

In the dressing room she finds a, well I think now they’d call her a stylist, maybe then she was a lady’s maid..anyhoo, Calam walks in as the woman is trying on fine dresses of the actress…gee this sounds like a scene from Tipping the Velvet…

They just met and they are already sharing clothes.

Skipping ahead to the plot I see. The two women were in love. Calam was singing to her. Protected her. They moved in together. The whole nine. Just disregard the whole “they both marry men” thing. It was the 50s of course it ended with them marrying men. Believable? You decide.

Now here is the gayest song you’ll ever hear. If they’re not U-Hauling and in love then I need to re-evaluate everything I’ve ever known about being a lesbian.

The song is accurately named “A Woman’s Touch”

Calamity Jane VOD

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