Annie Oakley (1935)

Not Rated  |   |  Biography, Drama, Western  |  15 November 1935 (USA)
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A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.



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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Hogarth
Moroni Olsen ...
Vera Delmar
Chief Thunderbird ...
Chief Sitting Bull (as Chief Thunder Bird)
Margaret Armstrong ...
Mrs. Oakley
Delmar Watson ...
Wesley Oakley
Adeline Craig ...
Susan Oakley


In a sharpshooting match, the manager of a Cincinnati hotel bets on the fellow who's been supplying the hotel with quail...who turns out to be young Annie Oakley. Result: Annie is hired for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (which is faithfully re-enacted in the film). She's tutored in showmanship by champ Toby Walker. But when Annie wins top billing, professional rivalry conflicts with their growing personal attachment, leading to misunderstanding and separation. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Meet Col. Cody, Sitting Bull, and all the two-gun heroes of the plains, in the big show that astonished two continents ... a livid background for the flaming love of Annie Oakley! See more »


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Release Date:

15 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bandoleira  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean Arthur turned down the lead role. See more »


In the movie, during the European tour, Annie shoots a cigarette out of the mouth of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (later to become Germany's Kaiser). There was such an incident, but Annie didn't shoot the cigarette out of Wilhelm's mouth due to the danger but shot it out of his hand instead. During WWI Annie, reminisced that if she could do it over she'd let him put it in his mouth and then miss. See more »


MacIvor: Oh, oh, that's not for ladies.
Vera Delmar: [entering saloon] Oh, I'm no lady.
First man: Pardon me, miss. This is a saloon.
Vera Delmar: Oh, how cozy.
Second man: Well, I've lived for sixty years and that's the first time I ever saw a woman goin' into a saloon.
First man: Next thing you know they will be smoking cigarettes.
Second man: Oh, talk sense, man, talk sense.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: No fiction is stranger than the actual life of Annie Oakley who came out of a backwoods village half a century ago to astonish the world. See more »


Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »


The Red Man
(1910) (uncredited)
from "Dwellers in the Western World"
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band on Annie's return to New York
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Stanwyck looks great in this semi-biographical pic
30 May 2010 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

A decent Thirties era melodrama loosely based on the life of Annie Oakley. I looked into Oakley a bit after seeing this film, and her life has been highly fictionalized. Oakley was a bit of a feminist for her day, and that did come through a little bit in the film. (Rational feminism, not the semi-nutty political feminism of recent decades) Barbara Stanwyck did a jam-up job playing the backwoods girl, and looked awesome doing it. (of course) Oakley, for all her talent, was a bit deficient in the hotness factor. But, hey this is a movie.

The film heavily featured Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and I wonder a bit how close they were to accuracy on that. After all the show was still in living memory when this movie was filmed. No buffalo were shown, although they were alluded to once. I suppose they were very scarce in those days.

Anyway, I liked the film more than I expected to. Check it out.

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