Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

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    • Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

      ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

      DIRECTED BY GEORGE SIDNEY/ BUSBY BERKELEY
      PRODUCED BY ARTHUR FREED/ROGER EDENS
      METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER (M.G.M.)


      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
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      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Annie Oakley is an incredible shot who was raised
      'Doin' What Comes Naturally'.
      Frank Butler, the star sharpshooter in 'Colonel Buffalo Bill''s show,
      however, knows full well that's not how 'The Girl That I Marry'
      must be. Anyway, not at least until he finds that 'My Defences are Down'.
      Though Annie defiantly says 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better',
      she realizes that 'You Can't Get a Man With a Gun'.
      The victor at the end is love; as you know, 'It's Wonderful'.
      After all, 'There's No Business Like Show Business'.
      Written by Horacio Abeledo

      Full 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
      Benay Venuta ... Dolly Tate
      Clinton Sundberg ... Foster Wilson
      Dorothy Abbott ... Carriage Woman (uncredited)
      Bette Arlen ... Carriage Woman (uncredited)
      Polly Bailey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Hal Bell ... Dancer (uncredited)
      Evelyn Beresford ... Queen Victoria (uncredited)
      Margaret Bert ... Bit Role (uncredited)
      Eleanor Brown ... Minnie Oakley (uncredited)
      Archie Butler ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Sue Carlton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Bridget Carr ... Carriage Woman (uncredited)
      Sue Casey ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      André Charlot ... French President Loubet (uncredited)
      Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Adams, Party Guest (uncredited)
      Dorinda Clifton ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      Diane Dick ... Nellie Oakley (uncredited)
      Helen Dickson ... Sour-Faced Wife (uncredited)
      Michael Dugan ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Phil Dunham ... Cynical Man (uncredited)
      Edward Earle ... Footman (uncredited)
      Marietta Elliott ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      Herbert Evans ... Dignitary with Queen Victoria (uncredited)
      Budd Fine ... Immigration Officer (uncredited)
      Elizabeth Flournoy ... Helen (uncredited)
      Lee Tung Foo ... Chinese Cook on Train (uncredited)
      Mary Jane French ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      Fred Gilman ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Mary Ellen Gleason ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      A. Cameron Grant ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      William Hall ... Tall Cowboy Boarding Boat (uncredited)
      John Hamilton ... Ship Captain (uncredited)
      Sam Harris ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
      James Harrison ... Mac (uncredited)
      Dell Henderson ... Hotel Guest in Hammock (uncredited)
      Carol Henry ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Tom Humphries ... Indian Warrior (uncredited)
      Ed Kilroy ... Guest (uncredited)
      Helen Kimball ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      Judy Landon ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      Nolan Leary ... Immigration Officer (uncredited)
      Meredith Leeds ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
      Warren MacGregor ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Robert Malcolm ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
      Charles Mauu ... Indian Warrior (uncredited)
      Edith Mills ... Squaw (uncredited)
      Rhea Mitchell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Brad Morrow ... Little Jake Oakley (uncredited)
      Forbes Murray ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
      John Mylong ... Kaiser Wilhelm II (uncredited)
      Kerry O'Day ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Anne O'Neal ... Miss Willoughby (uncredited)
      Susan Odin ... Jessie Oakley (uncredited)
      Nino Pipitone ... King Victor Emmanuel (uncredited)
      Peter Price ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Charles Regan ... Barker (uncredited)
      Al Rhein ... Barker (uncredited)
      Buddy Roosevelt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Carl Sepulveda ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Carl Sklover ... Bit Role (uncredited)
      Dorothy Skyeagle ... Mrs. Little Horse (uncredited)
      Sandra Spence ... Carriage Woman (uncredited)
      Shooting Star ... Indian Warrior (uncredited)
      Larry Steers ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
      Riley Sunrise ... Indian Warrior (uncredited)
      William Tannen ... Barker (uncredited)
      Tony Taylor ... Little Boy Holding Poster (uncredited)
      Jack Trent ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Ellinor Vanderveer ... Sour-Faced Party Guest (uncredited)
      Jackee Waldron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Alice Wallace ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      John War Eagle ... Indian Brave (uncredited)
      Bunny Waters ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (uncredited)
      Frank Wilcox ... Mr. Clay (uncredited)
      Billy Wilkerson ... Indian Warrior (uncredited)
      Marjorie Wood ... Constance (uncredited)
      Chief Yowlachie ... Little Horse (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Sidney Sheldon (screenplay)
      Herbert Fields (book for "Annie Get Your Gun") &
      Dorothy Fields (book for "Annie Get Your Gun")

      Cinematography
      Charles Rosher

      Trivia
      Judy Garland, originally cast as Annie, was taken ill during early filming and production was halted until Betty Hutton finished Let's Dance and was called in to replace her.

      Judy Garland and Frank Morgan, who appeared together in The Wizard of Oz, were scheduled to reappear together in this film. Garland was fired because of health problems, and Frank Morgan died shortly after filming began. As a result of this, Betty Hutton took over Judy Garland's role as Annie Oakley, and Louis Calhern succeeded Frank Morgan as Buffalo Bill.

      Director Busby Berkeley was also replaced, by George Sidney. Charles Walters had been set to direct after Berkeley left, but was fired before he could actually shoot any of it.

      Howard Keel broke his leg during filming when a horse fell on it.

      Geraldine Wall was replaced in the cast by Benay Venuta.

      Rights to the Broadway show cost $650,000, a record at the time.

      Betty Hutton said in an interview that the crew at MGM was not very nice to her because they told her they'd rather have Judy Garland in the role. However, at a recent screening of the re-mastered print of the film, the surviving members of the cast and crew praised Hutton's performance highly, and acknowledged her contribution to the film. Hutton was one of the surviving cast members who did not attend that screening.

      The existing footage of Judy Garland shot prior to her leaving the production shows that some key sequences, most notably "I'm an Indian Too" were originally to have been shot on a sound-stage, rather than outdoors. Besides the major roles mentioned above, several child roles were also recast between Garland leaving the film and production resuming with Betty Hutton, as evidenced by the Garland version of "Doin' What Comes Naturally".

      Despite its popularity, this film was unavailable in any form from 1973 until 2000 due to legal tangling between Irving Berlin (and later his estate) and MGM (later Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros). It was finally re-released in 2000 after the 1998 Broadway revival of the stage show with Bernadette Peters renewed interest in seeing this film again.

      Script and casting problems delayed the filming schedule for three months, which allowed Judy Garland to appear in In the Good Old Summertime in relatively good health.

      After Judy Garland's firing from the picture, Betty Garrett was briefly considered as a replacement.

      Irving Berlin added one original movie song to his Broadway score, "Let's Go West Again," which was deleted. Recordings by both Judy Garland and Betty Hutton are contained on the soundtrack CD issued by Rhino. In addition, Miss Hutton's footage can be seen on the DVD from Warner Home Video.

      The original filming of the opening number, "Colonel Buffalo Bill," with Frank Morgan appearing as Buffalo Bill, and Geraldine Wall featured as Dolly Tate, is an extra on the DVD release from Warner Home Video.

      Charles Walters suggested to Arthur Freed that Betty Grable would be an ideal Annie Oakley. However, Twentieth Century-Fox wouldn't loan her out.

      Before the eventual casting of Judy Garland as Annie Oakley, Doris Day and Judy Canova were mentioned for the role, as well as Betty Hutton (this was before she eventually replaced Garland in the role).

      Louis Calhern replaced Frank Morgan in the role of Buffalo Bill after Morgan died just as filming was getting under way. But if you look closely at Buffalo Bill's very first appearance on his horse, you will see a second of Frank Morgan before the shot of Calhern.

      Ginger Rogers wrote in her 1991 autobiography that she told her agent Leland Hayward to aggressively go after this film for her, and that money was no object. She wrote that she would have worked for one dollar, to make it legal. Hayward spoke with Louis B. Mayer, who said: "Tell Ginger to stay in her high-heel shoes and her silk stockings, she could never be as rambunctious as Annie Oakley has to be".

      The original Broadway show "Annie Get Your Gun" opened at the Imperial Theater on May 16, 1946 starring Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton and ran for 1,147 performances.

      Charles Walters did not know that he had been fired and replaced by George Sidney until he heard gossip columnist Hedda Hopper announce it on the radio.

      Betty Hutton and Howard Keel did not get along during filming.

      Writers Dorothy and Herbert Fields and Producers Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II had originally arranged for Jerome Kern to write the musical score. When Kern died suddenly, he was replaced by Irving Berlin. This was the first time that Irving Berlin wrote a score for a show with an existing plot. In his many musical plays and films the songs were written first, then the scripts were written for the situations suggested by the songs.

      Irving Berlin's "You Can't Get A Man With a Gun" is strikingly similar to "True to the Navy" written by Elsie Janis and Jack King and performed by Clara Bow in Paramount on Parade. That earlier song was later performed by Carmen Miranda in the Fox film Doll Face but was cut from that film as Paramount threatened to sue.

      After Judy Garland was fired from the film, MGM flirted with the idea of casting Ethel Merman in the role she originated on Broadway, but producer Arthur Freed vetoed the idea, as Merman was dissatisfied with her previous film experiences.

      All of the Busby Berkeley-directed footage was unused and re-shot.

      At the end of the film there are numerous people riding horses in concentric circles. As the camera pulls all the way back, just before "The End" appears, it is clear that they are forming a target with Annie and Frank in the bulls eye.

      Robert Lenn and Kathleen Hope, who recorded the song "Who do you Love, I Hope?" for the original play's original cast album, did not appear in the show; they were singers working for Decca, who often made use of substitute performers on its original cast albums.

      Goofs
      Anachronisms
      Annie sees the Statue of Liberty as she returns to America to win Frank Butler's heart. The statue wasn't shipped from Paris until 1885, and wasn't completed in New York harbor until 1886, four years after Frank and Annie married.

      The climax, which is set at the foot of the Statue of Liberty in the early 1880s, shows a 20th century New York City skyline, with skyscrapers, as the backdrop.

      In the first shooting match scene between Annie and Frank, electric transmission lines can clearly be seen in the background. Historically, this match took place in Cincinnati in 1881. The first electrical transmission grid was not erected until 1886 in Barrington, MA.

      Continuity
      Right before the song "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun", Annie sits down on a bench and opens her mouth wide for her first note; then in a closer shot she opens her mouth wide again, this time in sync with first note.

      During the number "Can't Get a Man with a Gun", Annie dances around a bench. At one point in the number she sits on the bench with her rifle in her lap; the rifle barrel is pointing to her right. In the next shot (a medium close-up), the rifle barrel is now pointing to Annie's left.

      In the train, when people starts running for supper and Annie holds Jake above her head, he holds to a red shirt, and he is pointing down. On the next shot, he is holding to the bar that is holding the shirt, and he is pointing up. In the same scene, she has a paper on her belt that disappears in the next shot.

      During the "The Girl That I Marry" song Annie is sitting with a string of dead birds over her left shoulder. About half way through the song the string falls off her shoulder. At the end of the song it is back over her shoulder without her having replaced it.

      Factual errors
      When Annie and Frank have an encounter on the train, the sun is setting. In the next shot, the train is still going in the same direction, but a full moon is in the spot where the sun has set. A full moon is opposite of the sun, hence it would have to be in the eastern sky, not in the west.

      Queen Victoria is shown wearing a full crown in the 1880s. But after Albert's death in 1861, the only crown she ever wore was the tiny crown seen so prominently in many paintings of her and housed to this day in the Tower of London.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Location
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

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      Here is the real
      Western Legends- Annie Oakley
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Western Musicals- Annie Get Your Gun (1950)




      Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical 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 had to
      withdraw from the film because of ill health), the film won the Academy
      Award for best score and received three other nominations.
      Star was recognized with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

      User Review
      Betty Hutton makes this film!
      31 October 2005 | by brennans(Denmark)

      This really is one of the greatest musicals ever written.
      It has 11 songs of which 10 are instantly memorable (only "I'm an Indian Too" is not up to scratch).
      The scene "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" is one of my favourite screen moments.
      I never grew up with this film (I'm 37) since it was never on TV screens on the UK due to legal wrangling.
      I had to make do with the inferior (but still good!) Calamity Jane.
      Betty Hutton's performance is one of the great musical performances- up there with
      Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. She carries the whole film.
      I cannot believe anyone who thinks that Judy Garland would be better.
      I have shown this film to all of my friends and relatives (sad, I know!)
      and all of them without exception agree that Judy Garland is no patch on Betty Hutton
      -she is too refined and completely miscast!
      The deleted song "Going West Again" is fantastic and should have been included in the stage show and film.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Western Musicals- Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

      Great photos, with the last photo of particular interest
      and as mentioned in the Triva section.
      At the end of the film there are numerous people riding horses in concentric circles. As the camera pulls all the way back, just before "The End" appears, it is clear that they are forming a target with Annie and Frank in the bulls eye.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().