Annie Get Your Gun Overview:

Annie Get Your Gun (1950) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by George Sidney and Busby Berkeley and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.


A musical adapted from the earlier stage version, this chronicles the true story of Annie Oakley Mozie, a girl from the Ozarks who became a star in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The story revolves around Annie's running competition with male sharpshooter Frank Butler, a competition she must lost intentionally to win Butler's love. Borrowing from Berlin's Broadway hit, this musical includes numbers like "Doin' What Comes Naturally," "My Defenses Are Down," and the show-biz standard "There's No Business Like Show Business."

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Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Richard A. PefferleNominated
Best CinematographyCharles RosherNominated
Best Film EditingJames E. NewcomNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdolph Deutsch, Roger EdensWon

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Musical Monday: Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

on May 10, 2021 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Annie Get Your Gun (1950) ? M... Read full article

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

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You can’t get a role with a gun: the story behind “Annie Get Your Gun”

By Jnpickens on Aug 16, 2011 From Comet Over Hollywood

I had always read that ?Annie Get Your Gun? was a horrible experience for Betty Hutton. Actors and stage workers were cold towards her, she wasn?t invited to the movie premiere and MGM wasn?t the warm home she found at Paramount. For years, I read this treatment was attributed to the fact that Betty... Read full article

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Quotes from

Annie Oakley: [calling after Frank as he's walking away] Hey, mister...? Don't you like girls?
Frank Butler: [not comprehendeding the question] Well... sure!
Annie Oakley: [realizing it herself] I'm a girl.
Frank Butler: [laughing condescendingly as he walks away] That's fine.

Chief Sitting Bull: Sitting Bull live by three words: Keep bow tight, Keep arrow sharp,
[and with finality]
Chief Sitting Bull: No put money into show business.
Charlie Davenport: [rhetorically] How'd we ever get this country away from them?

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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.
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".
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.
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