Annie Get Your Gun (1950)




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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.
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Western
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Betty Hutton
as Annie Oakley
Howard Keel
as Frank Butler
Keenan Wynn
as Charlie Davenport
Louis Calhern
as Buffalo Bill
J. Carroll Naish
as Chief Sitting Bull
Edward Arnold
as Pawnee Bill
Benay Venuta
as Dolly Tate
Clinton Sundberg
as Foster Wilson
Brad Mora
as Little Jake
Sue Casey
as Cowgirl
Susan Odin
as Jessie
Diane Dick
as Nellie
Chief Yowlachie
as Little Horse
Eleanor Brown
as Minnie
Evelyn Beresford
as Queen Victoria
Michael Dugan
as Cowboy
André Charlot
as President Loubet of France
Lee Tung Foo
as Waiter
John Mylong
as Kaiser Wilhelm II
Nino Pipitone
as King Victor Emmanuel of Italy
Carol Henry
as Cowboy
Judy Landon
as Cowgirl
Nolan Leary
as Immigration officer
Meredith Leeds
as Cowgirl
Charles Mauu
as Indian brave
Edith Mills
as Squaw
Charles Regan
as Barker
Al Rhein
as Barker
Tony Taylor
as Little boy
John War Eagle
as Indian brave
Marjorie Wood
as Constance
Budd Fine
as Immigration officer
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Critic Reviews for Annie Get Your Gun

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Stalwart baritone Howard Keel makes an impressive Hollywood debut as Hutton's leading man.

Full Review… | April 13, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

A loud and gaudy production of a hit play turned into a hit movie.

Full Review… | March 7, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In this fun musical, Betty Hutton gives perhaps an overenergetic peformance in a part that was intended for Judy Garland before she was fired.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011

A rootin' tootin' good time.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Colorful, tuneful, brassy musical version of Berlin's hit Broadway show.

October 23, 2008

The chemistry between Hutton and Keel is delightful and when his full-throttle baritone meets her rich alto in the duets, you'll be bewitched.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Annie Get Your Gun

Betty Hutton took over for Judy Garland in MGM's super-production of the Broadway hit, and it's colorful, happy fun; director George Sidney never lets the action lag for very long, and brand new Metro star Howard Keel does well by the Irving Berlin tunes (he played the role on the London stage).

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

One of the best movie musicals you will ever see. The Irving Berlin songs have become legends of American history. Betty Hutton was destined for the role of Annie Oakley, and will earn a soft spot in your heart. With Howard Keel in the mix, you'll find that falling in love is wonderful. I highly recommend it! (First viewing - In my mid-twenties)

Adam R
Adam R

saucy betty, strapping keel, good fun although a reportedly a nightmare to make.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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