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Annie Oakley (1935)

A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Joel Sayre (screen play), John Twist (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Thunderbird ... Chief Sitting Bull (as Chief Thunder Bird)
Margaret Armstrong ... Mrs. Oakley
Delmar Watson Delmar Watson ... Wesley Oakley
Adeline Craig Adeline Craig ... Susan Oakley
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Sioux

Release Date:

15 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bandoleira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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 »

Connections

Edited into Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played at the gun club during the photograph
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Stanwyck looks great in this semi-biographical pic
30 May 2010 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A decent Thirties era melodrama loosely based on the life of Annie Oakley. I looked into Oakley a bit after seeing this film, and her life has been highly fictionalized. Oakley was a bit of a feminist for her day, and that did come through a little bit in the film. (Rational feminism, not the semi-nutty political feminism of recent decades) Barbara Stanwyck did a jam-up job playing the backwoods girl, and looked awesome doing it. (of course) Oakley, for all her talent, was a bit deficient in the hotness factor. But, hey this is a movie.

The film heavily featured Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and I wonder a bit how close they were to accuracy on that. After all the show was still in living memory when this movie was filmed. No buffalo were shown, although they were alluded to once. I suppose they were very scarce in those days.

Anyway, I liked the film more than I expected to. Check it out.


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