OK, so this movie is ridiculous, ahistorical, and even racist, although its depiction of the Sioux and Lakota is not quite as bad as a lot of contemporary films. Ah, the Western.
So, you're probably wondering, why watch it? You might be a fan of Barbara Stanwyck and she's great in this so you can see why she went on to do a lot of Westerns. You might even have a soft spot for Melvyn Douglas and watch whatever he's in even if it sucks. You might just like silly, corny old movies. If you fall into any (or all) of those categories, you'll probably want to give Annie Oakley a couple hours of your time.
Speaking of corny (see what I did there?), I've got another soup recipe for you (from 1935, just like the movie).
1 slice bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons minced onion
½ green pepper, minced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
2 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sprouted whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 carrot, peeled and grated
Heat a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon, onion, and green pepper. Cook until onion is translucent and just starting to brown. Add the water and bring heat up to high. When water is boiling, add the diced potato, turn heat down to a vigorous simmer and cook, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, salt, and pepper and cook one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk. When all the milk is added, return pan to the heat, turn up to high and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time. Boil 1 minute, continuing to stir. Remove from the heat and stir in the corn and grated carrot. Combine with potato mixture.
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If you have TCM (it's the only thing I miss no longer having cable), Annie Oakley will be on this Thursday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. CST.
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