October 25th 2014 21:30
In 1950’s, kids used to watch Saturday morning TV shows. Some of those shows were old westerns.The Complete Series: Annie Oakley was one of those shows. It is a great DVD set to have in your library today. The DVDs offer a simpler time when television was down-to-earth and unabashed for wholesome programming. This one is a little unique because it has heroine who saves the west.
By looking at the cover you can see Annie Oakley is nothing but pigtails and pistols. It makes for a nice formula for one of the 1950's more unusual Westerns. Gail Davis plays the five-foot-two, 95 pounds, darling yet tough Annie. She was a crack shot and took on the badmen around her town of Diablo, where she lived with her kid brother, Tagg. She did have a boyfriend, but it was clear in the series, a strapping Deputy Lofty Craig. Annie's uncle, Luke MacTavish, was the town sheriff. Co-starring were the horses--Annie's Target and Tagg's Pixie.
Gene Autry discovered Davis and featured her in over a dozen of his movies. She even starred in 30 of his episodes on various programs. With the luck of Autry’s projects, Davis was offered a spin-off of her own, which was produced by his company.
In truth, she mastered horseback riding and was a trick shot. She performed in Autry's traveling rodeo, and was quoted as saying, "So far as I'm concerned, I'm going to be Annie Oakley for the rest of my born days."