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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.

Directors:

George Sidney, Busby Berkeley (uncredited)

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Herbert Fields (musical book) | 1 more credit »

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Hutton ... Annie Oakley
Howard Keel ... Frank Butler
Louis Calhern ... Buffalo Bill Cody
J. Carrol Naish ... Chief Sitting Bull
Edward Arnold ... Pawnee Bill
Keenan Wynn ... Charlie Davenport
Benay Venuta ... Dolly Tate
Clinton Sundberg ... Foster Wilson
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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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Congratulations M-G-M! "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" is the best job ever done of transferring a stage musical to the screen. Irving Berlin See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annie, la reine du cirque See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,768,785 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Before the eventual casting of Judy Garland as Annie Oakley, Doris Day and Judy Canova were mentioned for the role, as well as Betty Hutton (this was before she eventually replaced Garland in the role). See more »

Goofs

Right before the song "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun", Annie sits down on a bench and opens her mouth wide for her first note; then in a closer shot she opens her mouth wide again, this time in sync with first note. 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 The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Get a Man with a Gun
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Betty Hutton
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Casting the leading role
11 June 2000 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

Just a few random thought on what might have been vs. what is. Judy Garland was under contract to MGM,she was their leading lady for virtually all musicals that her voice could handle (exceptions: those with Kathryn Grayson), and the studio had paid a huge sum for a smash Broadway hit. Ergo, Judy is cast as Annie Oakley.

It would have been a mistake, a bad bit of miscasting that would have done nothing to help an already teetering career.

Note that every major theatrical production of this show had a leading lady with far more in common with Betty Hutton than with Judy Garland. Ethel Merman's New York hillbilly was not ideal casting,either,but she had the advantage of originating the role. Mary Martin was probably the best choice.

As for Betty Hutton, she toned down the frenetic female she regularly played at Paramount and did a first-rate job as Annie. Note that her new screen persona served her well in "Let's Dance" with Fred Astaire, produced the same year as "Annie Get Your Gun."


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