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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 ... 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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Meet Col. Cody, Sitting Bull, and all the two-gun heroes of the plains, in the big show that astonished two continents ... a livid background for the flaming love of Annie Oakley! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

The working title was Shooting Star. See more »

Goofs

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: Ah, I was wondering, Mr. MacIvor, if you could help me find some plain sewing.
MacIvor: Well, I don't know about needlework, but, uh, I've got a cigar stand at the hotel.
Vera Delmar: Oh, I love a man who smokes a cigar!
MacIvor: Mind yuh, the job only calls for sellin' cigars.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of a woman in a cowboy hat shooting at a target. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Red Man
(1910) (uncredited)
from "Dwellers in the Western World"
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band on Annie's return to New York
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Nicely cast, many wonderful moments, but dripping with sentimentality...
6 April 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

George Stevens directs this biography on the early career of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley as if it were a star-crossed lovers' tale, replete with heartache and self-sacrifice. Backwoods girl from Ohio in the 1890s enters a shooting contest against world's champion Toby Walker and nearly beats him; this leads to a co-starring spot in Buffalo Bill's traveling western show, where the primrose gal becomes a star and falls in love with competitor Walker. Barbara Stanwyck was born to play Annie Oakley, yet her performance isn't the raucous hoot one might expect (this is director Stevens' fault, who lingers on Annie's sympathy and compassion for others so long, it makes her seem like a bleeding-heart). Still, Stanwyck is the reason to watch, and she's best in the film's first-half--when Annie still has a little gumshun in her and playful self-assurance. Stevens seems more interested in the budding love story between Oakley and Walker than in creating an actual document of Oakley's colorful life (which we are told at the start was stranger than any fiction). Certainly a good try, with funny bits of business happening along the sidelines and plenty of blustery character actors in support. **1/2 from ****


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