Annie Oakley (1935)

79 or 85 mins | Biography | 15 November 1935

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HISTORY

The working title of this film, in which Stanwyck made her western movie debut, was Shooting Star . As depicted in the film, Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses in 1860, was a markswoman who first toured circus and vaudeville circuits, and from 1885 to 1902 was a star attraction in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Unlike the film's depiction, however, Oakley married in 1876. Her husband, Frank E. Butler, was a noted marksman who toured with her. For more information about Buffalo Bill Cody, please see the entry below for Buffalo Bill .
       Early HR production charts credit Joseph A. Fields and Robert Neville with the script. Fields is listed on screen as a co-story writer, but Neville's contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. Ray Mayer, Jack Mulhall, Eddie Borden, Otto Hoffman, Brooks Benedict, Pat Moriarity, Brandon Hurst, Will Stanton and George Lollier were listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to the production charts, at least part of the film was shot at the Prudential Studios. Harold Wenstrom, not J. Roy Hunt, is listed as photographer in all of the charts. Much of the sub-plot of the film involved Sitting Bull's encounters with modern "technology," such as Murphy beds and gas lighting.
       In 1946, Irving Berlin presented a Broadway musical version of the Annie Oakley story called Annie Get Your Gun , which starred Ethel Merman. In 1950, George Sidney directed an M-G-M version of the stage musical, also titled Annie Get Your Gun , ... More Less

The working title of this film, in which Stanwyck made her western movie debut, was Shooting Star . As depicted in the film, Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses in 1860, was a markswoman who first toured circus and vaudeville circuits, and from 1885 to 1902 was a star attraction in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Unlike the film's depiction, however, Oakley married in 1876. Her husband, Frank E. Butler, was a noted marksman who toured with her. For more information about Buffalo Bill Cody, please see the entry below for Buffalo Bill .
       Early HR production charts credit Joseph A. Fields and Robert Neville with the script. Fields is listed on screen as a co-story writer, but Neville's contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. Ray Mayer, Jack Mulhall, Eddie Borden, Otto Hoffman, Brooks Benedict, Pat Moriarity, Brandon Hurst, Will Stanton and George Lollier were listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to the production charts, at least part of the film was shot at the Prudential Studios. Harold Wenstrom, not J. Roy Hunt, is listed as photographer in all of the charts. Much of the sub-plot of the film involved Sitting Bull's encounters with modern "technology," such as Murphy beds and gas lighting.
       In 1946, Irving Berlin presented a Broadway musical version of the Annie Oakley story called Annie Get Your Gun , which starred Ethel Merman. In 1950, George Sidney directed an M-G-M version of the stage musical, also titled Annie Get Your Gun , which starred Betty Hutton and Howard Keel. Annie Oakley was also featured in an ABC television series, which starred Gail Davis and ran from 1953-57. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Oct 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Oct 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 35
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
28 Oct 35
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Aug 35
p. 54.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Nov 35
pp. 60-61.
New York Times
24 Dec 35
p. 10.
Variety
25 Dec 35
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Shooting Star
Release Date:
15 November 1935
Production Date:
3 August--mid September 1935 at Prudential Studios
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
15 November 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5984
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79 or 85
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1538
SYNOPSIS

At the turn of the century, young Annie Oakley leaves her backwoods home to challenge the handsome New York vaudeville sharpshooter, Toby Walker, to a shooting contest in Cincinnati. Unknown to Toby, Annie is a crack shot who stuns the crowd with her sure-handed marksmanship. Attracted to Toby, Annie deliberately loses the contest, but her skills are noticed by Jeff Hogarth, a partner in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, who convinces her to join the troupe as Toby's counterpart. After his initial skepticism, Cody and the others welcome Annie into the show. However, when Toby later overhears Cody questioning Annie's showmanship, he generously teaches her his shooting tricks, transforming her into such a star that during her first performance in Washington, D.C., she impresses Chief Sitting Bull into joining the troupe. Once polished, Annie bests the braggart Toby in the ring, which gives promoter Ned Buntline the idea of formalizing a feud between them. Although Toby confesses his love for Annie, he encourages her to play her part for the sake of the show. Soon after, while camped in Cincinnati, Toby saves Sitting Bull from an attack by a vengeful drunk but damages his eyesight in the process. Because he wants her to shine in front of her family, Toby says nothing about his eyes and ends up accidentally shooting Annie in the hand, an error that some of the troupe believes is deliberate and leads to his immediate dismissal. Although Annie makes a triumphant tour of Europe, she is unable to forget Toby, and when Hogarth, who also loves her, reluctantly shows her a newspaper article that vindicates Toby, she determines to find ... +


At the turn of the century, young Annie Oakley leaves her backwoods home to challenge the handsome New York vaudeville sharpshooter, Toby Walker, to a shooting contest in Cincinnati. Unknown to Toby, Annie is a crack shot who stuns the crowd with her sure-handed marksmanship. Attracted to Toby, Annie deliberately loses the contest, but her skills are noticed by Jeff Hogarth, a partner in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, who convinces her to join the troupe as Toby's counterpart. After his initial skepticism, Cody and the others welcome Annie into the show. However, when Toby later overhears Cody questioning Annie's showmanship, he generously teaches her his shooting tricks, transforming her into such a star that during her first performance in Washington, D.C., she impresses Chief Sitting Bull into joining the troupe. Once polished, Annie bests the braggart Toby in the ring, which gives promoter Ned Buntline the idea of formalizing a feud between them. Although Toby confesses his love for Annie, he encourages her to play her part for the sake of the show. Soon after, while camped in Cincinnati, Toby saves Sitting Bull from an attack by a vengeful drunk but damages his eyesight in the process. Because he wants her to shine in front of her family, Toby says nothing about his eyes and ends up accidentally shooting Annie in the hand, an error that some of the troupe believes is deliberate and leads to his immediate dismissal. Although Annie makes a triumphant tour of Europe, she is unable to forget Toby, and when Hogarth, who also loves her, reluctantly shows her a newspaper article that vindicates Toby, she determines to find him. At the New York show, Sitting Bull spots Toby in the audience and, after a chase, returns Annie to his side. +

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