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Annie Oakley (1935)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Hogarth
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The sharpshooting star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show lives again to thrill you in a drama of fighting men and red romance! 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?


The first Western for both director George Stevens and star Barbara Stanwyck. Stevens of course would go on to make one of the definitive films in the genre - Shane (1953). See more »


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 »


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 »


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


Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1961)
Background music for the Washington show
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"Blast these newfangled instruments of torture."
6 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fictionalized biography of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley. As with all Hollywood biopics, past and present, it plays fast & loose with the facts. These things usually don't bother me, as long as the movie is entertaining. This one is pretty good, with a great performance from Barbara Stanwyck. Also good work from Preston Foster, Moroni Olsen, Melvyn Douglas, and a quality supporting cast. Loved Chief Thunderbird as Sitting Bull and Iron Eyes Cody as his translator. The highlight of the movie is the footage from the wild west show.

As with the later Annie Get Your Gun, this features the scene where Annie throws a shooting contest so her man won't look bad. The real-life Annie actually beat her guy, Frank Butler, and later married him. He was happy for her to have the spotlight. So a guy in the late 19th century was more secure with himself than the men involved with making these stories in the 20th century.

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