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Annie Oakley (1935)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Western  |  15 November 1935 (USA)
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A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.

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Preston Foster ...
Toby Walker
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Jeff Hogarth
Moroni Olsen ...
William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
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Vera Delmar
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MacIvor
Chief Thunderbird ...
Chief Sitting Bull (as Chief Thunder Bird)
Margaret Armstrong ...
Mrs. Oakley
Delmar Watson ...
Wesley Oakley
Adeline Craig ...
Susan Oakley
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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15 November 1935 (USA)  »

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A Bandoleira  »

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Available in computer-colorized version. See more »

Goofs

Annie returned to New York in 1892, and the film has the band playing "The Red Man", from "Dwellers in the Western World", which Sousa didn't write until 1910 See more »

Quotes

Vera Delmar: Ah, I was wondering, Mr. MacIvor, if you could help me find some plain sewing.
MacIvor: Well, I don't know about needlework, but, uh, I've got a cigar stand at the hotel.
Vera Delmar: Oh, I love a man who smokes a cigar!
MacIvor: Mind yuh, the job only calls for sellin' cigars.
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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 »

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Version of Annie Get Your Gun (1957) See more »

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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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Nicely cast, many wonderful moments, but dripping with sentimentality...
6 April 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

George Stevens directs this biography on the early career of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley as if it were a star-crossed lovers' tale, replete with heartache and self-sacrifice. Backwoods girl from Ohio in the 1890s enters a shooting contest against world's champion Toby Walker and nearly beats him; this leads to a co-starring spot in Buffalo Bill's traveling western show, where the primrose gal becomes a star and falls in love with competitor Walker. Barbara Stanwyck was born to play Annie Oakley, yet her performance isn't the raucous hoot one might expect (this is director Stevens' fault, who lingers on Annie's sympathy and compassion for others so long, it makes her seem like a bleeding-heart). Still, Stanwyck is the reason to watch, and she's best in the film's first-half--when Annie still has a little gumshun in her and playful self-assurance. Stevens seems more interested in the budding love story between Oakley and Walker than in creating an actual document of Oakley's colorful life (which we are told at the start was stranger than any fiction). Certainly a good try, with funny bits of business happening along the sidelines and plenty of blustery character actors in support. **1/2 from ****


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