Annie Oakley (TV series)

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Annie Oakley
GenreWestern
StarringGail Davis
Brad Johnson
Jimmy Hawkins
Bob Woodward
Composer(s)Erma E. Levin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes81
Production
Executive producer(s)Gene Autry
Louis Gray
Armand Schaefer
Producer(s)Colbert Clark
Louis Gray
CinematographyWilliam Bradford
Joe Novak
Running time25 mins.
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original runJanuary 1, 1954 (1954-01-01) – February 1, 1957 (1957-02-01)
 
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Annie Oakley
GenreWestern
StarringGail Davis
Brad Johnson
Jimmy Hawkins
Bob Woodward
Composer(s)Erma E. Levin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes81
Production
Executive producer(s)Gene Autry
Louis Gray
Armand Schaefer
Producer(s)Colbert Clark
Louis Gray
CinematographyWilliam Bradford
Joe Novak
Running time25 mins.
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original runJanuary 1, 1954 (1954-01-01) – February 1, 1957 (1957-02-01)

Annie Oakley is an American Western television series that fictionalized the life of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley. It ran from January 1954 to February 1957 in syndication, for a total of 81 black and white episodes, each 25 minutes long. ABC showed reruns on Saturday and Sunday daytime from 1959 to 1960 and from 1964 to 1965.

Synopsis[edit]

The show starred Gail Davis in the title role, and co-starred Brad Johnson as Deputy Sheriff Lofty Craig and Jimmy Hawkins, as Annie's brother, Tagg. In one episode, "Bull's Eye", the role of Tagg was played by Billy Gray, better known as James "Bud" Anderson, Jr., on Father Knows Best. In the series, Annie Oakley rode a horse named Target, Tagg's horse was Pixie and Lofty's was named Forest.[1][2] Annie and Tagg lived in the town of Diablo, Arizona, with their uncle, Sheriff Luke MacTavish, who was usually away whenever trouble started. It would then be up to straight-shooting Annie and her "silent suitor" Lofty Craig to rescue law-abiding neighbors and arrest outlaws.[3] Often Tagg would be told to stay in town and out of the way, but through disobedience, the need to relay important new information, or being captured by outlaws, he would end up in the middle of the adventure.

Annie always wore the same fringed cowgirl outfit, of which 15 or more copies were made throughout the show's production.[4] Her hairstyle was braided pigtails.

Additional episodes were being considered, but Jimmy Hawkins had a growth spurt and outgrew the part of Annie's little brother.[5]

Guest stars[edit]

Dick Tufeld appeared fifteen times in assorted roles during the course of the series; Harry Lauter, twelve times; Stanley Andrews and Gregg Barton, eleven times each; Myron Healey, ten times; Roy Barcroft, eight times; William Fawcett, prior to his role as Pete Wilkey in Fury, seven times, and Don C. Harvey, five times.

DVD release[edit]

Approximately two dozen episodes are currently available on DVD in North America (including several releases issued through Davis's estate) and elsewhere, although a full-series release has yet to happen.

On March 31, 2009, Mill Creek Entertainment released Gun Justice Featuring The Lone Ranger, with other television Westerns such as Annie Oakley.

Comics[edit]

A number of American comics were based on the TV series:

Many of these issues were later reprinted in black and white by L. Miller and World Distributors Ltd.

Books[edit]

At least three "Authorized TV Adventures" were published by Whitman Publishing Company.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 - Present by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, Ballantine Books, 1995.
  2. ^ Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, the Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present, New York: Ballantine Books, p. 47.
  3. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 - Present
  4. ^ Annie Oakley Hits the Bulls-Eye!, in the Summer/Fall 1994 Trail Dust magazine
  5. ^ Annie Oakley Hits the Bulls-Eye!

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