Adventures of Annie Oakley, Season 2
A fictionalized account of the life of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set in the quiet western town of Diablo, Annie and her little brother Tagg made sure that outlaws who moseyed into town kept on going. Often at her side was friend, suitor and deputy sheriff Lofty Craig with whom she often showed off her shooting prowess.
In this second-season opener, titled, Alias Annie Oakley, Annie has her hands full in this exciting adventure after a doppelganger, an alias, begins committing crimes. And everyone thinks Annie has become a criminal.
Annie supposedly robs a stagecoach, and the driver is shot. Annie is the niece of the sheriff of Diablo, and a man, knowing this, says, “I reckon a law man’s kid can go bad.”
In a scene with the “real” Annie, she is teaching Tagg, her younger brother, and some friends, “You should never shoot a bird or animal unless you’re hungry for food.”
Nan Leslie co-stars in this episode as “Alias Annie” and she looks a lot like Gail Davis, who plays Annie. Jimmy Hawkins plays Annie’s brother Tagg, with Brad Johnson portraying Deputy Sheriff Lofty Craig.
With Alias Annie committing crimes in Annie’s name, a wanted poster is made up for Annie Oakley, with the offer of a $1000 reward for her capture, dead or alive. Annie wonders why the sheriff didn’t get in touch with her before sending out the posters. And, also, she hasn’t been in Smokey River, the location of the stagecoach robbery. Lofty is afraid that someone will take a potshot at Annie. “I’ve had potshots taken at me before,” observes Annie. “But $1000 might improve their aim,” says Lofty.
Annie is concerned that her good name will be ruined. Several lawmen pursue Annie on horseback and soon she is cornered behind some rocks. She finally agrees to give up if they promise to contact Sheriff McDaniel.
They take her into custody, placing her in jail. But the lawmen aren’t on the level with her, and they soon plot to lynch her. However, with help from Lofty, Annie escapes, and they ride after Alias Annie. Holed up in a small cabin with Tagg, whom they’ve kidnapped, Alias Annie and her accomplice don’t plan to give up easily. In fact, when Tagg hears his real sister outside, he calls out to Annie, prompting Alias Annie to slap him.
Everyone becomes confused when both Annie and her alias are seen together. Which is the right one? They have a shooting contest with Alias Annie doing a pretty good job. But when Annie suggests they toss a coin in the air and shoot it as it falls, Alias Annie can’t do it, and she rides off, with Annie in pursuit. We won’t give the ending away, but this 24-minute episode moves quickly, due to its action-packed story, and the ending is a satisfying one. The episode does a good job in showing the differences between right and wrong, and it has earned our Dove seal for All Ages.
The Dove Take
The entire family will enjoy this wholesome western adventure with the suspense of Annie and Alias Annie building as the episode rides swiftly to its exciting conclusion.