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Annie Get Your Gun (17-May-1950)

Director: George Sidney

Writer: Sidney Sheldon

From a play: Annie Get Your Gun by Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields, and Irving Berlin

Music and Lyrics by: Irving Berlin

Producer: Arthur Freed

Keywords: Musical, Western

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edward Arnold
18-Feb-1890 26-Apr-1956 You Can't Take It With You
Louis Calhern
19-Feb-1895 12-May-1956 Duck Soup
Betty Hutton
26-Feb-1921 11-Mar-2007 Incendiary Blonde
Howard Keel
13-Apr-1919 7-Nov-2004 Clayton Farlow on Dallas
J. Carrol Naish
21-Jan-1896 24-Jan-1973 Sahara
Keenan Wynn
27-Jul-1916 14-Oct-1986 Col. Bat Guano in Dr. Strangelove


Betty Hutton   ...   Annie Oakley
Howard Keel   ...   Frank Butler
Louis Calhern   ...   Buffalo Bill
J. Carrol Naish   ...   Sitting Bull
Edward Arnold   ...   Pawnee Bill
Keenan Wynn   ...   Charlie Davenport (Buffalo Bill's manager)
Benay Venuta   ...   Dolly Tate
Clinton Sundberg   ...   Foster Wilson (proprietor)


Review by anonymous (posted on 19-Apr-2005)

Taken very loosely from the life of Annie Oakley, this film is a 'must see'. Although the stage direction sometimes looks its age, the overall quality of the film is still evident, and the transfer is crisp and sharp. The colors are 'as new' and the sound quality is very good indeed. Probably one of the finest musicals ever made 'Annie Get Your Gun' shows off the talents of a truely magnificent Betty Hutton to the full. She is a great little actress (a lot better than sometimes given credit for), a great singer, dancer, and a wonderful comedienne. To watch Betty Hutton in action is like throwing a grenade into a vat of champagne! Even by today's standards Betty Hutton would be considered a really beautiful woman and it is very difficult not to keep your eyes on her, and her alone, throughout each scene. I dare you not to fall in love with her, even if just a little bit, when you watch this film. Miss Hutton co-stars along with Howard Keel (Frank Butler) in his first movie, Keenan Wynn (Charlie Davenport), Louis Calhern (Buffalo Bill), J Carrol Naish (Sitting Bull), Benay Venuta (Dolly Tate) and Clinton Sundberg (Foster Wilson). Also of special note is the performance given by Bradley Mora (Little Jake) who plays Annie's young brother. The DVD also has a selection of outtakes, including two scenes shot with the studio's original choice for Annie - Judy Garland. Whilst being, without doubt, one of the greatest singers to ever appear on film, Judy Garland was obviously unwell at the time of filming and was released from her contract by MGM. Even so, she seems to be completely miss-cast for the part of Annie Oakley. Her costume and makeup make her look like a member of the cast from 'The Flintstones' rather than a 'backwoods' girl. It's difficult to believe that, even had she been in the best of health, she could have brought the same sparkle to the part that the effervescent Betty Hutton did. All in all, a wonderful film that will stand watching time and time again.

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