Barbara Stanwyck as Annie Oakley
Fast Facts About Annie Oakley (1935):
- Jean Arthur turned down the lead role in this film. While I would have been interested in seeing her take on this colorful character, I’m very happy we have Barbara Stanwyck in the role to enjoy forevermore.
The first Western for both director George Stevens and Barbara Stanwyck.
Released less than 10 years after the death of the real Annie Oakley. If you’ve never read about Annie, I hope you’ll do so. She was a fascinating woman, far ahead of her time. And gutsy? Forget about it, the lady had guts to spare!
The working title was Shooting Star. I actually love that – I kind of wish they’d gone with Shooting Star: The Story of Annie Oakley.
Annie Oakley also stars Melvyn Douglas, Preston Foster, Moroni Olsen, Andy Clyde and Pert Kelton.