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Director:
Writers:
Joel Sayre (screen play) and
John Twist (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
24 March 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Fictionalized But Interesting Story See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Annie Oakley
Preston Foster ... Toby Walker

Melvyn Douglas ... Jeff Hogarth
Moroni Olsen ... William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

Pert Kelton ... Vera Delmar
Andy Clyde ... MacIvor
Chief Thunderbird ... Chief Sitting Bull (as Chief Thunder Bird)
Margaret Armstrong ... Mrs. Oakley
Delmar Watson ... Wesley Oakley
Adeline Craig ... Susan Oakley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Wrangler at Buffalo Bill's Show (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Crown Prince Wilhelm (uncredited)
Philip Armenta ... Rain-in-the-Face (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Friend of Lem (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Willie Best ... Second Cook (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Shooting Match Judge (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Man at Shooting Contest (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Man at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
Sonny Bupp ... Boy at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian in Show (uncredited)
James Dime ... Wrangler (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Wrangler at Chow (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Major Ned Buntline (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Donald Haines ... Boy at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Drunk in Saloon (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... German Officer (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Lem Jordan - Store Owner (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Doctor Treating Toby (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Doctor Treating Annie (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Friend of Lem (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Charlie - Shooting Gallery Barker (uncredited)
George Lollier ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Walter Long ... Dan - First Indian Hater (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Wild West Show Announcer (uncredited)
Joe Smith Marba ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jim Mason ... Third Indian Hater (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Officer (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Sheriff Bixby (uncredited)
Sammy McKim ... Boy at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
Lew Meehan ... Second Indian Hater (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Bit Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jerry Tucker ... Boy at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Spectator (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Joel Sayre (screen play) and
John Twist (screen play)

Joseph Fields (from a story by) (as Joseph A.Fields) and
Ewart Adamson (from a story by)

Produced by
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Alberto Colombo (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
Harold Wenstrom (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Hively 
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Hartnett .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
Jean L. Speak .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James Dime .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alberto Colombo .... musical director
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Sisk .... production associate
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
90 min | Spain:92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1936) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #1538) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Rough Rider:Perfume. Dang it, you smell like Happy Minnie's back in Omaha.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Susan Slept Here (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Battle Cry of FreedomSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Where was Frank Butler in this story?
What is 'Annie Oakley' about?
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Fictionalized But Interesting Story, 6 August 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

This film is listed under the "western" genre, but it is not a western, unless you consider Cincinnati part of the wild west. Also it is listed as a drama, which is true, but it also contains comedic elements, often attributable to the Sitting Bull character.

People write about how fictionalized the story is, but actually many of the main elements of the story are true.

In the film, Toby Walker (Preston Foster) is a sharpshooter from New York who visits Cincinnati for an exhibition. There he signs a contract to perform in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. Most of that is true, though his real name was Frank Butler and he was from Ireland.

While in Cincinnati, he makes a wager with a local inn owner that he can beat any challenger. The innkeeper calls on Annie Oakley (Barbara Stanwyck) to do the shooting. In real life, the name "Annie Oakley" came shortly afterward and Annie wins the contest, unlike in the film where she loses intentionally because she feels sorry for Toby.

Annie also signs up with Buffalo Bill and the story follows both trick shooters on the tour. I will not detail the remaining storyline, but it bears a resemblance to "A Star is Born".

As depicted, Annie really was from Ohio--a small hamlet named North Star. She was born in a log cabin and actually had a very hard childhood.

Toby Walker is portrayed as a rather nasty guy, at least at first. The same approach was later used in "Annie Get Your Gun" on stage and screen. But the film has a great Hollywood ending.

The depiction of the Wild West Shows is abbreviated but accurate. It is almost like viewing a piece of history. When the film starts, the year is approximately 1875. The Battle of Little Bighorn took place in 1876, so tales of "dangerous" Indians were current. Sitting Bull really did join the show for about four months, though it was later, approximately 1884. He and Annie did develop a special bond.

My point in mentioning this bit of history is to explain that the timing in the film may not have been totally accurate, but the appearance of Sitting Bull in the Wild West Show was a remarkable thing, so it is understandable that the script writers wanted to include him in the story.

The film does a good job of portraying Annie as the nearly mythical person she actually was. I like Barbara Stanwyck's portrayal. Though Ms. Stanwyck might be more of a looker than Annie, the real Frank Butler did marry her and was dedicated to her throughout his lifetime.

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