Nov. 25, 2022

#70 - "Annie" (1982) with Hanna Williams

#70 - "Annie" (1982) with Hanna Williams

Little Orphan Annie has been a part of American pop culture for nearly a century now—first as a comic strip which made its debut in the summer of 1924, then as a popular radio show in the 1930s, which spun off into a couple of film productions later in that decade and a hit Broadway musical in 1977. Though the musical version has been adapted to the big-screen a few times over the years, most recently in 2014, this 80’s flick version is by far the best known big-screen version. So leave the orphanage behind, jump aboard the auto-copter, and start warming up your singing voice as Tim Williams and his daughter Hanna Williams discuss “Annie” from 1982 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback Podcast!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • According to assistant director Jerry Ziesmer, Huston lost interest in directing the film and often showed up to the set drunk and fell asleep in his chair. This left the crew to essentially make the movie around him with Ziesmer calling most of the shots.
  • Acclaimed character actor Burgess Meredith lent his distinctive voice to the original American ad campaign, narrating the trailers, TV, and radio spots.

Sources:

Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/60530/15-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-annie


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