I don't know why I keep using the "overlooked movies" title, since some of you are bound to be familiar with this one, as with a lot of the others I've mentioned. The reason I'm talking abou Annie Get Your Gun is just nostalgia. It's the first movie musical I remember seeing, and I was hugely impressed with it for several reasons, but mainly Betty Hutton. I was eight or nine when I saw this the first time, and I thought she was wonderful.
Besides Hutton, there's Technicolor, there's the rest of the great cast, and there are the songs. The ones I really liked were "Anything You Can Do" and "There's No Business Like Show Business," but there are three or four or five others that I liked almost as well. I must have, since I've never forgotten them. Is it unPC in its depiction of Native Americans. Definitely. If that kind of thing bothers you, don't even watch the trailer.
Howard Keel was in several other musicals that impressed me during the '50s: Show Boat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Kiss Me, Kate. Betty Hutton never did anything again that I much cared for. She was in The Greatest Show on Earth, but that part was nothing like this one. Merman did it on Broadway, and Garland was the first choice for the film, but Hutton owned it.