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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:
RKO hits the target with Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill 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)
George 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 
 
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:
Available in computer-colorized version.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:
Vera Delmar:Toby Walker, you're supposed to be a sharpshooter and you can't even see a woman gal under your own nose.
Toby Walker:I can see anything I'm aiming at.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Bitch Slap (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

FAQ

Was Annie Oakley a real person?
What is 'Annie Oakley' about?
Where was Frank Butler in this story?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
RKO hits the target with Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill, 19 November 2013
Author: SimonJack from United States

Other reviewers have noted the fictional aspects of much of this film. The most significant of note are that Oakley wasn't Annie Oakley's real name, but chosen later as a stage name; and that she was married early on to Frank Butler, whose name and character were changed substantially to Toby Walker. Of course, the latter plays out in much of the film, so it may give the impression that the whole movie is fiction. But most of the incidents that take place – Annie's marksmanship, her hunting prowess, her time with Buffalo Bill, the European tours, her shooting a cigarette held in his mouth by the Austrian arch-duke – all happened. So, there's little point in further criticism of Hollywood license.

In the early part of the film, it struck me that Barbara Stanwyck was a bit too demure in the title role. I got used to the persona as the film progressed, yet I still felt there was a stiffness in her portrayal. But, after watching the movie I read some of the biography of Annie Oakley (nee Phoebe Ann Moses). She was a reserved person in real life – very polite, kind and proper. She was born in rural Ohio to Quaker parents. She lost her father when she was six, and spent several years in abusive foster homes. At age 12, she was reunited with her mother and siblings. Beginning at about age 8, she taught herself to shoot game, and that helped support her family for many years. She was very respectful of other people, and endeared herself to Buffalo Bill and many of the cast of his famous Wild West Show (the "Show" was added later).

While Hollywood completely remade her love life in this film, Oakley did have a long, lasting love with fellow sharp-shooter Frank Butler, whom she married in 1876. She was just 16 and had recently beaten Butler in a shooting contest in the 25th round. The couple began performing in shows and that's when Oakley chose her stage name. When she was 25, the couple joined Buffalo Bill in his Wild West show.

So, Stanwyck's portrayal of the persona of Annie Oakley seems right on target. All the rest of the cast do banner jobs in their roles in this film. And the direction, cinematography and other technical aspects are all excellent.

I give this movie a plus for historical value in showing us a considerable display of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Or at least, what much of it must have looked like. I don't think another film has been made that shows this much of that great historical treasure of America's past. The fact that RKO put this much of a show together for its script is quite impressive, I think. Especially for 1935. Other films have been made about Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and the West, with some reference to the Wild West Show. But no other film gives us such an extended look at what it must have been like.

One last note that viewers may find of interest. From the mid-1880s until 1911, Buffalo Bill Cody owned and lived on a 4,000-acre ranch, that he called the Scout Rest Ranch, just outside North Platte, Nebraska. As the name implies, his show put up and rested there between its tours. It also was a working ranch where Buffalo Bill raised some of the blood stock for his shows. Today, 25 acres of the original ranch are preserved as a working history state park near North Platte, NE. Cody's huge Victorian house still stands, as well as his custom-designed barn. The barn was used in photos to promote his shows. It is 148 feet long, 70 feet wide and 40 feet high. Travelers can tour the park and facilities. It's just minutes off Interstate 80 at North Platte.

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