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Annie Oakley Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This highly fictionalized biopic of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley stars Barbara Stanwyck as "Little Sure Shot" Annie. Coming down from the hills of Ohio, Annie rises to fame with Buffalo Bill's (Moroni Olsen) Wild West Show. Her success as a performer is counterpointed by her stormy romance with fellow performer Toby Foster (Preston S. Foster), whose reputation as the World's Great Marksman is shot to holes by Annie's accomplishments. Walking out on Annie and the show, Toby loses himself in the streets of New York but is discovered and dragged back by Annie's faithful Indian friend Sitting Bull (Chief Thunderbird, whose performance is far from politically correct but undeniably amusing). Melvyn Douglas co-stars as Annie's manager and would-be boyfriend Jeff Hogarth, while an uncredited Dick Elliot delivers a hearty performance as press agent Ned Buntline; others in the cast include such 2-reel comedy favorites as Charlie Hall and Harry Bernard, who like director George Stevens were alumni of the Hal Roach fun factory. The much-later musical version of the Annie Oakley story, Irving Berlin's Irving Berlin, bears traces of this 1935 film, but not so much as to constitute plagiarism (Coincidentally, Herbert Fields, one of the writers of Annie Oakley, collaborated with his sister Dorothy on the libretto of Irving Berlin). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Annie Oakley
Melvyn Douglas
as Jeff Hogarth
Moroni Olsen
as Buffalo Bill
Pert Kelton
as Vera Delmar
Andy Clyde
as James MacIvor
Margaret Armstrong
as Mrs. Oakley
Ernie S. Adams
as Wrangler
Adeline Craig
as Susan Oakley
Eddie Dunn
Theodore Lorch
as Announcer
Philo McCullough
as Officer
Sammy McKim
as Boy at Shooting Gallery
Theodore Lorch
as Announcer
Ernie S. Adams
as Wrangler
Philo McCullough
as Officer
Adeline Craig
as Susan Oakley

Crew

George Stevens
Director
Cliff Reid
Producer
Derek N. Twist
Screenwriter
Joseph Fields
Screen Story
Ewart Adamson
Screen Story
Joel Sayre
Screenwriter
John Twist
Screenwriter
Roy Hunt
Cinematographer
Alberto Colombo
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Hively
Editor
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Cliff Reid
Associate Producer
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