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Annie Get Your Gun (film)

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Genre  Biography, Comedy, Musical
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

4.2/5 Amazon

Initial DVD release  November 14, 2000
Country  United States
Annie Get Your Gun (film) movie poster

Director  George SidneyBusby Berkeley (uncredited)Charles Walters (uncredited)
Release date  May 17, 1950 (1950-05-17)
Based on  Annie Get Your Gun1946 book by Dorothy FieldsHerbert Fields
Writer  Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Herbert Fields (book), Dorothy Fields (book)
Directors  George Sidney, Busby Berkeley, Charles Walters
Songs  Main Title
Cast  Betty Hutton (Annie Oakley), Howard Keel (Frank Butler), Louis Calhern (Col. Buffalo Bill Cody), J. Carrol Naish (Chief Sitting Bull), Edward Arnold (Pawnee Bill), Keenan Wynn (Charlie Davenport)
Similar movies  Birdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Aladdin, Frozen, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beauty and the Beast
Tagline  "Annie Get Your Gun" is even greater as an M-G-M musical!

Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical Technicolor comedy film loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a screenplay by Sidney Sheldon based on the 1946 stage musical of the same name, was directed by George Sidney. Despite some production and casting problems (Judy Garland was fired from the lead role after a month of filming in which she clashed with the director and repeatedly showed up late or not at all), the film won the Academy Award for best score and received three other nominations. Star Betty Hutton was recognized with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.


Annie Get Your Gun (film) movie scenes

There s no business like show business annie get your gun 1950


Annie Get Your Gun (film) movie scenes

  • Betty Hutton as Annie Oakley
  • Howard Keel as Frank Butler
  • Benay Venuta as Dolly Tate
  • Louis Calhern as Col. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)
  • J. Carrol Naish as Chief Sitting Bull
  • Edward Arnold as Pawnee Bill
  • Keenan Wynn as Charlie Davenport
  • Clinton Sundberg as Foster Wilson
  • Evelyn Beresford as Queen Victoria (uncredited)
  • John War Eagle as Indian Brave (uncredited)
  • Chief Yowlachie as Little Horse (uncredited)
  • Musical numbers

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    1. "Colonel Buffalo Bill" — Charlie, Dolly, Ensemble
    2. "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" — Annie, Siblings
    3. "The Girl That I Marry" — Frank
    4. "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" — Annie
    5. "There's No Business Like Show Business" — Frank, Buffalo Bill, Charlie Davenport, Annie with ensemble
    6. "They Say It's Wonderful" — Annie, Frank
    7. "Moonshine Lullaby" — Annie, Porters, Siblings
    8. "There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise)" — Annie
    9. "My Defenses Are Down" — Frank, Ensemble
    10. "I'm an Indian, Too" — Annie
    11. "I Got Lost in His Arms" — Annie
    12. "I Got the Sun in the Morning" — Annie
    13. "Anything You Can Do" - Annie, Frank

    The film adaptation cut the following numbers from the original score: "I'm a Bad, Bad Man", "Moonshine Lullaby", and "I Got Lost in His Arms", ("An Old Fashioned Wedding" was written for the 1966 revival). The 2000 compact disc release of the soundtrack includes all of the film's numbers and, "Let's Go West Again" (a Hutton number deleted before the film's release), an alternate take of Wynn's "Colonel Buffalo Bill", and Garland's renditions of Annie's pieces.

    Production history

    The film was originally budgeted at $1.5 million, with $600,000 paying for the score and the book.

    Paramount's blonde bombshell, Betty Hutton, played Annie Oakley, with Howard Keel (making his American film debut) as Frank Butler and Benay Venuta as Dolly Tate. Frank Morgan, cast as Buffalo Bill Cody, died suddenly of a heart attack shortly after shooting the film's opening production number, "Colonel Buffalo Bill." Morgan was replaced in the film by Louis Calhern.

    Judy Garland, MGM's biggest musical comedy star, was originally cast in the title role. She recorded all her songs for the soundtrack and worked for two months under the direction of Busby Berkeley and dance director Robert Alton. Berkeley and Garland had worked together previously in the late 1930s and early 1940s in a successful series of backstage musicals teaming her with fellow juvenile star Mickey Rooney. Berkeley had been fired from the Garland/Rooney musical Girl Crazy in 1943 due to personality clashes with musical director Roger Edens and for driving Garland to physical collapse during the filming of one musical number. On Annie Get Your Gun, producer Arthur Freed felt Berkeley was the right man to capture the spectacle needed. But once again, Berkeley was severe with Garland. Unfortunately, Garland was suffering from overwork and exhaustion, the dissolution of her marriage to director Vincente Minnelli, and an addiction to prescription medication. She was in no condition to undertake such a demanding role in a blockbuster production, and- based in part on her past experience working with him - she resented the hard driving Berkeley. Berkeley felt Garland's attitude on the "Annie" set lacked any enthusiasm. She felt Berkeley had no understanding of how to translate the material to the big screen, and was put off by his bombastic directorial style, often leaving the set when he began shouting at the actors and crew. She complained about Berkeley to studio head Louis B. Mayer, attempting to have him removed from the film. After viewing Berkeley's footage to that point, producer Freed was disappointed and fired the veteran director, replacing him with Charles Walters. Despite this change, the underweight and physically exhausted Garland frequently arrived late or not at all for each day's filming schedule. Finally, MGM suspended Garland's contract and removed her from the film. Garland claimed she was forced to leave the production against her will, and traveled to Boston where she was hospitalized for several weeks to regain her health.

    Betty Garrett was considered as a replacement, but her contract with the studio had expired and her agent asked for too much money for her to return. Ginger Rogers lobbied hard for the role, but the producers felt she was too mature and too glamorous for the part. According to Rogers, studio head L.B. Mayer told her, "You stay in your silk stockings and high heels, Ginger. This part isn't for you." After pleading for the role with both MGM and her home studio of Paramount, a loan-out deal was brokered and the part of Annie eventually went to Betty Hutton. Shooting resumed after five months, with George Sidney replacing Charles Walters as director.

    According to Betty Hutton, she was treated coldly by most of the cast and crew because she had replaced Garland. During an interview with Robert Osborne (first telecast on Turner Classic Movies "Private Screenings" on July 18, 2000), she recalled the other cast members being hostile and the MGM management as so unappreciative they neglected to invite her to the New York premiere. By all accounts, Hutton clashed with co-star Howard Keel. Years later, Keel recalled Hutton as "a scene stealer" and "insecure". In his autobiography Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business, Keel wrote that on one occasion Hutton was upset because she felt Keel was upstaging her and they reshot the scene 35 times until she was satisfied with it. Hutton wrote in her memoir Backstage You Can Have that Keel was a "green horn" who tried to pull focus from her performance. Reportedly, she felt the only major cast member who treated her with any kindness and respect was Louis Calhern. Hutton also stated that one day Judy Garland was visiting the set and that Hutton greeted her with a bouncy "Hiya', Judy!", only to be answered by a string of profanities from Garland. Years later, the two women became friendly while each was performing in Las Vegas. According to Hutton, Garland admitted that she never felt she was right for the part of Annie and had been relieved when Hutton took over.

    Only two production numbers were completed with Garland, "Doin' What Comes Naturally" and "I'm an Indian, Too", and these were officially made public for the first time in 1994 for That's Entertainment III. All of Garland's studio prerecordings for the film exist and were officially released by Rhino Records in 2000 for the film's first complete and remastered soundtrack CD, with Betty Hutton's renditions of the same numbers from the film.


    Despite the production problems, the film became popular in its own right. During its initial release, MGM recorded it as earning $4,708,000 in the US and Canada and $3,048,000 overseas, resulting in a profit of $1,061,000.

    In 1973 it was withdrawn from distribution, owing to a dispute between Irving Berlin and MGM over music rights, which prevented the public from viewing this film for almost 30 years. It was not until the film's 50th Anniversary in 2000 that it was finally seen again in its entirety.

    One of Hutton's costumes, the very first "Wild West Show" costume seen in the film for the reprise of "There's No Business Like Show Business" is on permanent display at the Costume World Broadway Collection Museum in Pompano Beach, Florida.

    Awards and honors

  • Academy Award for Best Music Scoring of a Musical Picture (won)
  • Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse, Edwin B. Willis, Richard A. Pefferle) (nominee)
  • Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (nominee)
  • Academy Award for Best Film Editing (nominee)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical or Comedy - Betty Hutton (nominee)
  • Photoplay Award for Most Popular Female Star - Betty Hutton (won)
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical - Sidney Sheldon (won)
  • References

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