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  • The rights to the sequel, "Annie Warbucks" were purchased by Sony Pictures.
  • (Cameo) Ray Bolger: (uncredited) the sound effects man at the radio station.
  • Aileen Quinn rubbed an apple on her face to make Sandy the dog kiss Annie.
  • Linzi Hateley was considered for the title role.
  • Bette Midler was offered the role of Miss Hannigan, but she declined.
  • The scene featuring "Maybe" was the last one to be shot. It replaced the original opening sequence, which was too long. The reprise later on, by the orphans, was left in this movie.
  • The lines "God dammit!" and "Come back here, ya Goddamned kid!" were included specifically to get a PG rating. The studio believed only parents with small children would see a G-rated live-action movie.
  • Annie was created by Chicago Tribune cartoonist Harold Gray. She was originally intended to be a boy, Little Orphan Otto, but her gender was changed at the request of Gray's editor, Captain Joseph Medill Patterson, to create a reference to the 1885 James Whitcomb Riley poem "Little Orphan Annie".
  • (Director Cameo) John Huston: The voice on Miss Hannigan's radio saying, "I love you, I love you, I love you," just before "Little Girls".
  • Kristin Chenoweth auditioned for Annie, but was turned down because of her thick Southern accent. She played Lilly St. Regis in Annie (1999).
  • This is John Huston's only musical as a director. He was asked to direct Doctor Dolittle (1967) but turned it down. At one point, he was considered for the role of Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. He was turned it down because he was too old.
  • In 2003 interview on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air", Carol Burnett told interviewer Terry Gross that after filming wrapped, she had plastic surgery on her chin that significantly changed the appearance of her lower face. After the surgery, Ray Stark called her back in to re-shoot of part of "Easy Street." Burnett joked that Miss Hannigan went into a closet in her office, and emerged two months later with a different chin.
  • Production designer Dale Hennesy died in the middle of production. Gene Callahan agreed to finish the movie, but refused to have his name listed in the credits, giving the credit to the late Hennesy.
  • The song "We Got Annie" was included in an early draft of the stage musical, but it was dropped as several revisions were made before the show ever reached the stage. "We Got Annie" was meant to be sung by the downtrodden customers at a local coffee shop where Annie worked cleaning tables.
  • This movie premiered at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Madison Square Garden, and situated in the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is "The Showplace of the Nation".
  • David Begelman, who brought the stage show to Columbia Pictures' attention, was originally intended to produce this movie. After Begelman forged Cliff Robertson's signature on a check, the creators of the stage show refused to sell the rights to the studio if Begelman was producer. Ray Stark took the job, even though he didn't like the original Broadway show.
  • The top three candidates for the title role were Aileen Quinn, Robin Ignico, and Angela Lee Sloan, who was told she looked too much like Quinn to play a lead orphan, but was offered a smaller role. Sloan is a sleeping orphan in the "Hard-Knock Life."
  • Screen rights for the stage show sold for $9.5 million in 1978, about $39.2 million in 2020 dollars. It broke the record set when Warner Brothers paid $5.5 million for the screen rights to My Fair Lady (1964). Paramount Pictures made Popeye (1980) to make up for being outbid.
  • The story for the musical "Annie" is original one. Nothing from the original comic strip was used in the musical. The story written for the musical caused some confusion about Annie's origins in the original comic strip. The storybooks that came out at the time of this movie's premiere are all sequels to the plot of this movie.
  • Aileen Quinn's red curly wig was so itchy that the producers gave her a special comb for scratching her head.
  • Jack Nicholson signed on to play Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, but dropped out after the original producer left.
  • The songs "Dumb Dog", "Sandy", "Let's Go To The Movies", "We Got Annie", and "Sign" were written expressly for the movie. The songs from the original play that were dropped were "NYC", "We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover", "You Won't Be An Orphan For Long", "Annie", and "A New Deal For Christmas". The last four songs are not in the movie or television adaptations.
  • In the original comic strip, the woman who ran Annie's was "Miss Asthma."
  • Drew Barrymore auditioned for the title role.
  • A more elaborate sequence for the song "Easy Street" was planned and shot, involving Miss Hannigan and Rooster's fantasies of a privileged life. Lights, Camera, Annie! (1982) revealed that the first verse was recorded and presumably filmed, but cut from the final version to keep the running time down. The documentary also revealed a new verse to the final reprise of "Maybe" that is in no other version, but was ultimately cut.
  • Supervising editor Margaret Booth was also the original editor of Camille (1936).
  • Amanda Peterson auditioned for Annie, and made the top seven, but was ultimately offered a smaller role. In the reprise of "Dumb Dog", she sings "Rover, when you think it over."
  • Two dogs played Sandy. Bingo did most of the dramatic scenes, the other did stunt work, such as jumping into the pool.
  • Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks' mansion was built in 1929 by Hubert Parson, President of F.W. Woolworth. He called it Shadow Lawn. It is now Woodrow Wilson Hall, part of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
  • A young Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Annie, but she was too tall.
  • Tim Curry said he based his performance of Rooster on a stagehand he knew while performing a play in New York City.
  • Steve Martin was offered the role of Rooster. He turned it down when he heard he would be working alongside Bernadette Peters. They were breaking up at the time, and he felt it would be too painful to work with her for several months.
  • Theoni V. Aldredge was also the costume designer of the original stage production.
  • In the comic strip, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks made his fortune through the sale of weapons and ammunition during World War I. He started as a guest character, but he was so popular that Harold Gray brought him back as a regular.
  • The original stage play premiered at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre) in April 1977, ran for 2,377 performances, and closed January 2, 1983. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, on which the screenplay was based.
  • Aileen Quinn came from Yardley, Pennsylvania.
  • Auditions for the title role spanned two years, 22 cities, 8,000 interviews, and 70 actresses. Nine young actresses made it to the second round.
  • Albert Finney shaved his head to play Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. When she met him at the movie's premiere, Aileen Quinn didn't recognize him at first, because his hair had grown back.
  • This movie took two years to produce, with a budget over $35 million and over 1,900 production personnel.
  • Reportedly, Mick Jagger really wanted to play Rooster. This was at least the second role that Mick Jagger lost to Tim Curry; the previous one was Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Both actors were passed over for the lead role in A Clockwork Orange (1971).
  • The comic strip strongly opposed Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • The address of the Warbucks mansion is 987 Fifth Avenue, which does not exist. If it did exist, it would be at the corner of 80th Street and Fifth Avenue. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is across the street, at 1000 Fifth Avenue.
  • The melody for "Tomorrow" was based on a melody that Charles Strouse wrote for a song called "The Way We Live Now Is Different", for the short film Replay (1970).
  • The only characters in this movie that were in the "Little Orphan Annie" strip were Annie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Sandy, Punjab, and the Asp. The last two were not in the play. When Martin Charnin began work on the musical, the characters were cut because he didn't want any fantasy or magic. They were reinstated to incorporate more elements from the strip.
  • One deleted scene, in which Annie confronts Miss Hannigan in her room, appeared in promotional lobby cards for this movie, and on the home video box.
  • Pop singer Martika is one of the dancing orphans.
  • The stage version of Annie ends at Christmas. This movie changed it to the 4th of July because it was shot during the summer, and getting enough fake snow to cover the grounds of the New York mansion was far too expensive.
  • The making-of television special Lights, Camera, Annie! (1982) features additional/alternate scenes from many musical numbers, including "Easy Street", "Let's Go to the Movies", "I Don't Need Anything But You", and the final reprise of "Maybe."
  • Aileen Quinn received an "introducing" credit.
  • Director John Huston was considered an outsider. According to screenwriter and associate producer Carol Sobieski, producer Ray Stark loved that kind of high-risk situation.
  • Despite being the tenth biggest grossing movie of 1982, it didn't make a profit because of its exorbitant production costs.
  • Miss Hannigan says, "Wrap it up, I'm listening to Helen Trent." She is referring to "The Romance of Helen Trent," a radio soap opera about a middle-aged woman that ran from 1933 to 1960.
  • Randal Kleiser was considered as a director for the film after the commercial success of Grease (1978).
  • Before Ray Stark became producer, stage librettist Thomas Meehan wrote an early draft of the screenplay, and stage choreographer Peter Gennaro was to have re-created his Broadway choreography. It was Stark's idea to hire screenwriter and associate producer Carol Sobieski to restructure this movie's plot.
  • Even though Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin were hired to write new songs, they and Thomas Meehan were not allowed on set, or to talk to any of the cast members, until they threatened to tell the New York Times.
  • The original opening had Sandy the dog running around the city while the stage song "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" played over the radio.
  • In the play, Grace Farrell brought the adoption papers to the orphanage. After the movie script had Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks do it, Carol Burnett and Albert Finney lobbied the songwriters for a song to sing together to flesh out the only meeting between Warbucks and Hannigan. Their duet, "Sign", was written in two days.
  • In a 2013 interview, Martin Charnin admitted he didn't like this movie or Annie (1999) because of changes to the original show.
  • Ray Stark said of this movie, "This is the film I want on my tombstone." In his negative review of this movie, Time Magazine's Richard Corliss wrote "Funeral services are being held at a theater near you." Stark died on January 17, 2004, four days after Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released a pan-and-scan DVD of this movie in Region 1. A widescreen version was released in 2000.
  • At the time of her death on February 10, 2014, Shirley Temple was the last surviving film star mentioned in the song "Let's Go to the Movies".
  • This is the only movie for which John Huston was nominated for a Razzie for worst director.
  • Aileen Quinn had to dye her hair red because her natural brown hair was visible through the wig.
  • Aileen Quinn stated that her favorite song from this movie is "Maybe".
  • Edward Herrmann also played Franklin D. Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin (1976), Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014).
  • Carol Burnett and animal supervisor Ralph Helfer were childhood friends.
  • The various names of the orphan's home seen throughout the film included the "Hudson St. Orphanage", the "Hudson Street Orphanage" and the "Hudson St. Home For Girls" established in 1891.
  • Peter Marshall received a "special appearance" credit.
  • This is Aileen Quinn's theatrical movie debut.
  • The closing credits declare that this movie was "Originally Presented on the New York Stage by Mike Nichols".
  • Annie (1982) is the second of five film and television versions of the "Little Orphan Annie" musical fable. The others are The Annie Christmas Show (1977), Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1995), Annie (1999), and Annie (2014).
  • The name of the yellow autogyro-like flying-machine was an "Autocoptor". The registration number of this airplane-helicopter amalgamation was "X1W".
  • Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks' car was a black 1930 DuPont Model G Town Merrimac-bodied Royal Town Car limousine. The customized license plate was "NYC-1".
  • Two actors in this movie appeared in the James Bond film franchise. Geoffrey Holder played Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die (1973). Albert Finney played Kincaid in Skyfall (2012).
  • The film takes place from June to July 4, 1933.
  • Sean Connery was director John Huston's first choice for Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. According to the U.K.'s Daily Express, he was even taking singing lessons for the part.
  • As Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Albert Finney does a voice impression of director John Huston.
  • Randal Kleiser was supposed to direct, this but had to back out because of post-production issues with The Blue Lagoon (1980). John Huston was a legend who had never directed a musical before. The movie was a critical and box-office failure.
  • Carol Burnett has called the movie "overproduced."
  • Martin Charnin, creator of the original Broadway production, hated this movie. He thought Annie was too cute, Miss Hannigan shouldn't have been played as a drunk, and Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks shouldn't have been played by an Englishman. He didn't like 1999 Disney version or the 2012 Broadway production either.
  • Other than the stage sequel, "Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge", this is the only musical version to include Punjab and the Asp.
  • Miss Agatha Hannigan was a derivation of Miss Asthma.
  • The Broadway show won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Actress (Dorothy Louden). The movie won no Oscars, but Aileen Quinn won a Razzie.
  • This is the only version of Annie in which she starts the show with curly hair. In every other version, her hair is straight at the beginning and she gets a perm for the closing/Christmas scene.
  • Ray Stark shortened "Tomorrow", and combined it with "Tomorrow Reprise", because he felt the number was "corny". This infuriated Martin Charnin, creator of the original Broadway show, and it's part of why he hates this movie.
  • The autocopter is a Bell Helicopter H-47, an early model made famous by its use in the Korean War, and seen in MASH (1970) and on M*A*S*H (1972) to transport combat casualties. The iconic bubble canopy had been replaced with the autocopter's passenger compartment, and the capsule shaped fuel tanks above that compartment had boxy covers, but the framework tail is a dead giveaway.
  • Musical composer Charles Strouse said he did not want to compose the original "Annie".
  • The dead rat Duffy shows to and puts down Miss Hannigan's blouse was real.
  • Annie was born on October 18, 1922.
  • In the bathroom, Pepper reads the May 1933 issue of the movie magazine "Photoplay" featuring Clara Bow on the front cover.
  • Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks says, "Wait! There's something interesting in that woman's smile. I might learn to like her. Hang her in my bathroom." in reference to the Mona Lisa. It's a reference to the real history of the painting. After Leonardo da Vinci died, ownership passed to King Francis I of France, who had it hung in his bathing room.
  • "Tomorrow" was originally written as "The Way We Live Now" for Replay (1970). The original lyrics were, "The way we live now, It's different, than the way we lived our lives before. I'm not sure!"
  • Linzi Hateley was passed over for the title role. She starred in another musical bomb, "Carrie: The Musical".
  • In the Broadway stage version, Dorothy Loudon played Miss Hannigan. The cast soon discovered that Loudon hated children and dogs. Carol Burnett loved the kids, and had a great relationship with the girls in the cast.
  • In the comic strip, Miss Agatha Hannigan was named "Miss Asthma". She would send out the girls from the orphanage to do work assignments in the community, which is how Annie met Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. In the play, she meets him because she bumps into Grace Farrell (as she's getting balled out for running away by Miss Agatha Hannigan). Miss Farrell has come to the orphanage to choose one to do a special PR event Warbucks is arranging to have one of the girls spend a day with him at the mansion. Farrell brings Annie to the mansion, falls in love with Annie, and decides to adopt her. This is what happens in this movie also.
  • The first movie version of Annie was Little Orphan Annie (1932).
  • When Harold Gray decided to make his comic about a girl, he turned to an old classic 1885 poem called "Little Orphant Annie", by James Whitcomb Riley. It had fantasy and folklore elements, and was based on Mary Alice Smith, an orphan Riley knew whose nickname was Allie. Riley befriended and eventually adopted her. The "Orphant" was a typo, but it stuck and succeeded in making the poem even more famous. The long forgotten poem became a well-known part of culture, inspiring Raggedy Ann and Andy as well as Annie.
  • This is one of the few Broadway musicals to get a sequel. "Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge," is considered one of the biggest Broadway bombs of all time. It was eventually re-worked into the off-Broadway production "Annie Warbucks," which is still performed regionally, but never on Broadway (as of 2020).
  • When Annie had to climb a ladder on the bridge, the producers poured water over a gaping hole nearby to make it look good on camera. Aileen Quinn was afraid of falling into the hole.. Carol Burnett refused to film the scene until the producers covered the hole, to keep Quinn safe. The producers covered the hole and the scene was filmed.
  • Daddy Warbucks' residence at 987 Fifth Avenue, NYC, was the address of the Wm. B. Leeds house, built in 1899, designed by Welch, Smith & Provot. A 5 story Beaux Arts style house, constructed of brick and limestone facade, the mansion was owned by several prominent families. In 1968, developer Bernard Spitzer tore it down, and built a 25-story apartment house. A prominent resident was the developer's son, Elliot Spitzer, a future governor of New York.
  • Oliver Warbucks after he required the Mona Lisa wanted hung in his bathroom. At one time King Francois the first of France actually had the Mona Lisa hanging in his bathroom.
  • The search for a girl to play the title role became an extensive talent hunt across America and even to London with on the spot screen tests for a little girl destined to be an over night star. All were warned that some would be too old, too young, too short, too tall and that the girl chosen had to be able to sing and dance expertly and to be able to project as an actress and have tons of personality. The search started in the Spring of 1980 and eventually 70 girls were asked to do a video tape audition then 9 were invited to Hollywood and over 6 days worked on the musical numbers and on scenes from the script. At the end of the period it was decided that all would have roles in the film and that Aileen Quinn would take the title role.
  • Amanda Peterson and Tina Caspry appeared together 5 years later in Can't Buy Me Love where Amanda Peterson starred as Cindy Mancini
  • Annie's full name is Anne Marie Mudge
  • The setting for the movie is 1933 but the movie Grace and Oliver take Annie to see at the movies Camille didn't come to theaters until 3 years later in 1936.
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