ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950) @ The Wildey Theatre - $2 [CA$H!]!!!

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Wildey Theatre

252 North Main Street · Edwardsville, IL

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Look for Jerry & Shirley and their MeetUp Sign in the lobby at 6:45PM. Text/Call Jerry @ 314-330-3860.

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Join us for $2 Tuesday Movies at the beautifully restored Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL!

If you're like me, you don't feel you've REALLY seen a movie unless you've experienced it on THE BIG SCREEN...Please join us in accomplishing this goal!

In 1973, this movie was withdrawn from distribution, owing to a dispute between Irving Berlin and MGM over music rights, which prevented the public from viewing this film for almost 30 years. It was not until the film's 50th Anniversary in 2000 that it was finally seen again in its entirety.

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.
-- Hal Erickson,

Musical numbers:

1. "Colonel Buffalo Bill" — Charlie, Dolly, Ensemble
2. "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" — Annie, Siblings
3. "The Girl That I Marry" — Frank
4. "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" — Annie
5. "There's No Business Like Show Business" — Frank, Buffalo Bill, Charlie Davenport, Annie with ensemble
6. "They Say It's Wonderful" — Annie, Frank
7. "There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise)" — Annie
8. "My Defenses Are Down" — Frank, Ensemble
9. "I'm an Indian Too" — Annie
10. "I Got the Sun in the Morning" — Annie
11. "Anything You Can Do" - Annie, Frank