Thursday, March 12, 2009

Annie Oakley (1935) | Edison's Kinetoscope film, The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West,"

Annie Oakley is a 1935 biographical film about the life of Annie Oakley. It stars Barbara Stanwyck. An unknown Annie Oakley (Barbara Stanwyck) challenges Toby Walker (Preston Foster), the resident marksman of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, to a contest. Attracted to the handsome sharpshooter and not wanting to embarrass him, Annie deliberately loses the match.

Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mosey August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar.

Using a .22 caliber rifle at 90 feet (27 m), Oakley reputedly could split a playing card edge-on and put five or six more holes in it before it touched the ground.

In 1894, Oakley and Butler performed in Edison's Kinetoscope film, The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc. Filmed November 1, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio by William Heise (0:21 at 30 fps; 39 ft.), it was about the 11th film made after commercial showings began on April 14, 1894.[28]

Oakley's early movie star opportunity followed from Buffalo Bill and Thomas Edison's friendship, which developed after Edison personally built for the Wild West Show, what in the 1890s was the world's largest electrical power plant. Buffalo Bill and fifteen of his show Indians appeared in two Kinetoscopes filmed September 24, 1894.




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