Flashy film version of the Broadway hit musical about Annie Oakley, the celebrated female sharpshooter.
Oakley (Betty Hutton) joins the famous Wild West Show of Buffalo Bill (Louis Calhern) by besting top marksman Frank Butler (Howard Keel) in a shooting contest.
A sunburned hick from the sticks, she quickly rises to star status, creating a jealousy factor which complicates their romance.
Befriended by the show’s other topliner, the real Chief Sitting Bull (J. Carrol Naish), Annie makes a whirlwind European tour before returning to New York to face-off with Frank and the high-toned, white-gloved society gals he always said he preferred.
Hutton and Keel belt out the lively Irving Berlin music with gusto. Memorable songs include Anything You Can Do and Doin’ What Comes Naturally.
The direction is somewhat stilted, but the production is lavish.
Chief Sitting Bull
J. Carrol Naish