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Annie Oakley(1935)

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  • annie oakley

    • kevin sellers
    • 7/7/16

    This is one of the gentler westerns ever made (other than the "Cat Ballou" type comedies.) Nary a death or a drop of blood to be seen, and only one fight (when Preston Foster's character defends Sitting Bull from a peckerwood, racist Custer lover.) And while this may appeal to the non Peckinpah fans out there it does not appeal to me, for the simple reason that along with avoidance of violence you have avoidance of conflict. Basically, whatever dramatic tension this film had is thrown out the window about halfway through when Foster's celebrity marksman professes his undying love for Annie and declares that he is not jealous of her greater ability as a sharpshooter, thus removing the most obvious source of struggle between the two leads. From then on the film kind of meanders through some ok stuff about Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and a not very compelling subplot featuring Annie and the show's co director to the predictable happy ending. However, being a George Stevens directed movie there are some elements of interest, the biggest of which are a rather benign view of Sitting Bull, especially considering that Little Big Horn was less than sixty years in the past when this picture was made, as well as a rather unflattering take on Buffalo Bill as a vain, pompous blowhard. I have always felt Stevens was ahead of his time in matters of race and class and this film shows that. And there is not a bad performance in the film which is also typical of a Stevens production. Preston Foster is quite convincing as an egotistical marksman, Melvyn Douglas is good as Foster's suave and shifty rival for Annie's affections, Chief Thundercloud brings some welcome authenticity to a portrayal of an Indian (especially for 30s Hollywood) and Barbara Stanwyck, of course, is the best Annie Oakley, although how hard is that considering that her main competition is Betty Hutton? Let's give it a generous B minus'cause I'm a big Stevens fan.

  • ANNIE OAKLEY

    • WILL
    • 1/15/14

    First time I saw this film I was stunned. Im an American history bug. I love to separate fact from fiction, Not a revisionist out to change things, just find there history fantastic. If you ever wanted to see what Buffalo Bills Wild West Shows were Really like heres your big chance. Barbara Stanwick should have gotten an Oscar. The rest of the cast are also great. Its sad that Bill did not live to see this. Some films just get better with age. this one is like a murky mirror on the past.

  • Annie Oakley

    • Mike
    • 7/17/07

    Rare performances from Moroni Olsen, Pert Kelton and Chief Thunderbird in support of Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas and the great Stanwyck.

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