Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Genres - Musical, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western, Musical Romance  |   Release Date - May 17, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Michael Betzold

An Irving Berlin Broadway musical hit adapted for the screen in 1950, Annie Get Your Gun is loosely based on the story of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Oakley's real name was Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozie, and she lived from 1860 to 1926, becoming part of showman Buffalo Bill's notorious Wild West traveling shows. In sum, this is a filmed musical about the early days of American entertainment. It is noted more for its songs than any really memorable scenes. "There's No Business Like Show Business" is the musical's signature number, but there are also "The Girl That I Marry" and "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun." Betty Hutton played the lead role after Judy Garland either pulled out due to illness or was fired due to bad temper, depending on which account one believes. Doris Day was also considered for the part. Howard Keel played Hutton's love interest. In the heyday of musicals, Annie Get Your Gun was one of the most popular and pleasing.