Whether you enjoy the movie or not, the release of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950) is something to get excited about. Not shown on television since 1973 and never before available on any home video format, this DVD release allows many fans to see the film for the first time.
A perfectly-cast Betty Hutton (replacing the first choice, Judy Garland) plays a fictionalized version of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), a homely sharpshooter who joins Buffalo Bill's famous Wild West Show, competing against champion marksman Frank Butler (Howard Keel). Annie longs to win Butler's heart, but her ability to outshoot him keeps driving him away. Through song and some impressive choreography, Annie tries her best to see if she can "get a man with a gun." The production includes many Irving Berlin classics, such as "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Anything You Can Do," and, of course, "There's No Business Like Show Business."
All-in-all, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is a very entertaining musical. Fans of the 1999 Broadway revival (with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat) may be disappointed at the "1950s" feel to this version -- it is less naturally acted and contains several politically-incorrect sequences (including a questionable portrayal of American Indians) not found in the recent show. However, the music, performances, and energy are fantastic. The excellent cast and wonderful score make this a classic, if dated, musical.