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Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Passed | | Biography, Comedy, Musical | 17 May 1950 (USA)
The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

A story very loosely based on the love story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler who meet at a shooting match. Fabulous music although the lead characters have virtually nothing to do with the actual historical figures. Annie joins Frank Butler in Col. Cody's Wild West Show. They tour the world performing before Royalty as well as the public at large.

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Release Date:

17 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Annie, la reine du cirque  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,768,785 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Lenn and Kathleen Hope, who recorded the song "Who do you Love, I Hope?" for the original play's original cast album, did not appear in the show; they were singers working for Decca, who often made use of substitute performers on its original cast albums. See more »

Goofs

During the shooting match between Annie and Frank, a number of the clay targets actually explode before the "shot" has been taken, and several targets are "hit" despite the rifle not even pointed at the target (most noticeable on Annie's first shot). In addition, neither shooter stops to reload their rifles, despite a continuous barrage of firing. See more »

Quotes

Chief Sitting Bull: Sitting Bull live by three words: Keep bow tight, Keep arrow sharp,
[and with finality]
Chief Sitting Bull: No put money into show business.
Charlie Davenport: [rhetorically] How'd we ever get this country away from them?
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Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Hawkeye Get Your Gun (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonshine Lullaby
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Betty Hutton,Clinton Sundberg and siblings
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Betty Hutton, Betty Hutton and Betty Hutton
26 January 2002 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Despite some INCREDIBLE mistakes by MGM executives, "Annie Get Your Gun" is a terrific movie, a triumph for three reasons: Betty Hutton, Betty Hutton and Betty Hutton. Those who might quibble that "Garland would have been a LOT better" should take an objective look at the the outtakes on the DVD. Garland is terrible; way too modern, urbane and understated for the "larger than life" role of Annie Oakley. Rogers and Hammerstein understood what type of person ot took to

play Annie. That's why they hired Ethyl Merman, who triumphed on Broadway in the role. I've always loved Garland and always considered Hutton to be too bombastic. But, here, she is perfect and carries this movie on her the strengh of her "hit 'em in the rafters" performance. In fact, only four actors play it right. Hutton, Brad Muro (Lil' Jake), J. Carroll Naish (Sitting Bull) and Keenan Wynn. Louis Calhern is usually wonderful; here, his continental, understated style is horribly out of place, turning "Buffalo Bill" into a bore . The usually reliable Edward Arnold seems lost in his unattractive "Pawnee Bill" makeup. Perhaps the biggest disappointment, however, is Howard Keel, who displays little of the charm he revealed in the same year's "Calloway Went Thataway". This MUST have been the decision of Louis Mayer and George Sidney. Hutton reported that Mayer didn't want her, had no confidence in her and didn't even invite her to the New York premiere. Hutton, radiant even at 80, revealed to Robert Osborne, that she was so miserable by her treatment at MGM (no one applauded ANYONE at the end of shooting a scene), that it finished her career (though another triumph for Hutton, "The Greatest Show on Earth" was just two years away).

Despite its flaws, "Annie Get Your Gun" is a keeper. Why? Betty Hutton, Betty Hutton and Betty Hutton.


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