Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun

Director: George Sidney Cast: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern

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Judy Garland was originally slated to star in MGM's film version of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, but she was forced to pull out of the production due to illness (recently discovered out-takes reveal a gaunt, dazed Garland, obviously incapable of completing her duties). She was replaced by Betty Hutton who, once she overcame the resentment of her co-workers, turned in an excellent performance--perhaps the best of her career. Hutton is of course cast as legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who ascends from dirty-faced backwoods gamin to the uppermost rungs of international stardom. Her mentor is Buffalo Bill, played by Louis Calhern (like Hutton, Calhern was a last-minute replacement: the original Buffalo Bill, Frank Morgan, died before production began). Annie's great rival is arrogant marksman Frank Butler (Howard Keel) with whom she eventually falls in love. She goes so far as to lose an important shooting match to prove her affection--a scene that hardly strikes a blow for feminism, but this is, after all, a 1950 film. Of the stellar supporting cast, J. Carroll Naish stands out as Sitting Bull, whose shrewd business acumen is good for several laughs. Virtually all the Irving Berlin tunes were retained from the Broadway version, including "Doin' What Comes Naturally," "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun," "Anything You Can Do," "The Girl That I Marry," "My Defenses are Down," "They Say It's Wonderful" and the rousing "There's No Business Like Show Business," which was later tantalizingly excerpted in MGM's pastiche feature That's Entertainment II. Alas, due to a complicated legal tangle involving the estates of Irving Berlin and librettists Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields, Annie Get Your Gun hasn't been shown on television in years.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2017
UPC: 0888574489014
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 15,639

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Hutton Annie Oakley
Howard Keel Frank Butler
Louis Calhern Buffalo Bill
J. Carrol Naish Chief Sitting Bull
Edward Arnold Pawnee Bill
Keenan Wynn Charlie Davenport
Benay Venuta Dolly Tate
Clinton Sundberg Foster Wilson
Eleanor Brown Minnie
Evelyn Beresford Queen Victoria
Sue Casey Cowgirl
André Charlot President Loubet of France
Dorinda Clifton Cowgirl
Diane Dick Nellie
Michael Dugan Cowboy
Elizabeth Flournoy Helen
Lee Tung Foo Waiter
John Hamilton Ship captain
James H. Harrison Mac
Carol Henry Cowboy
Judy Landon Cowgirl
Nolan Leary Immigration officer
Meredith Leeds Cowgirl
Warren MacGregor Cowboy
Charles Mauu Indian brave
Edith Mills Squaw
Brad Mora Little Jake
John Mylong Kaiser Wilhelm II
Susan Odin Jessie
Nino Pipitone King Victor Emmanuel of Italy
Charles Regan Barker
Al Rhein Barker
Carl Sepulveda Cowboy
William Tannen Barker
Tony Taylor Little boy
John War Eagle Indian brave
Marjorie Wood Constance
Chief Yowlachie Little Horse
Budd Fine Immigration officer

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Irving Berlin Score Composer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Edens Score Composer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Paul Groesse Art Director
Ben Lane Makeup
James Newcom Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Richard A. Pefferle Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Sidney Sheldon Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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Annie Get Your Gun 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
bv More than 1 year ago
In this disturbing musical, an orphaned red-headed moppet named Annie sings and dances and then gets really mad at something Daddy Warbucks does. That's when she gets a gun and things turn pretty radical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not having seen this movie since I was 10, it has always been one I looked for hoping one day it would be released on DVD or Video. This movie's music and lyrics are some of the best ever written and the songs come fast, leaving little time to become bored by the simple story. If you have never heard of Betty Hutton, you will fall in love with her in this role as the naive, sweet, yet strong Annie. Her interpretations of the songs, her wonderful voice and the amazing expressions she uses will make you smile throughout the picture. It is hard NOT to watch her in every scene. This movie shows off her acting as well. In songs with others, she doesn't just stand still while the other actor sings, she reacts to the lyrics and presense of her co-actor with looks and feeling. Howard Keel, in his first film role, is perfect with a voice that just sweeps you off your feet. Just as he does to Annie. You can see why Annie falls for him. If you love musicals, you must have this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loosely taken from the life-story of Annie Oakley, this film shows how a good musical should be made. It has everything. Great songs, great story, laughter and, even for an ageing old buck like me; there were more tears than I'd care to admit to. This film shows Betty Hutton at her absolute best. I dare you not to fall in love with her when you see this movie. As well as being a great actress and having a fabulous voice, Betty Hutton was one of the world's most beautiful women. Even clad in buckskin and being covered in dirt couldn't stop her beauty showing through. She brought a unique comedy to her character that no one else could have come close to matching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen it about 11 times, the last time was in 1971. I'm staying in South Africa and we don't have the luxury to go out and buy a wonderfull movie from way back, when ever we want to. I'm saving to order it from America because: My children have to see is crusual for there upbringing!!!! To learn about when movies was not only ..killing and dying but full of joy and enchantment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the extras are the scenes Judy Garland filmed before illness led to her firing. Judy is much more subtle and arguably, a better actress than Betty Hutton...and it is sad that she couldn't complete this. Still, Betty is fun, though she seems to be trying to hard. The film is gorgeous to the eye and ear, and is a simple and cute story that even the youngest in the family can enjoy. The Irving Berlin Estate kept this movie in the vault from 1973 til this dvd release, so many of us never had a chance to see it until now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Betty Hutton is outstanding as Annie Oakley. She sings her heart out. You believe in her sincerity in everything she does whether happy or sad. This is a movie not to be missed. It is terrificly entertaining. The Irving Berlin tunes are great. The rest of the cast can't be beat. Don't miss the opportunity to see and own this great movie.
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