Annie

Question: Is Miss Hannigan Annie's actual mother? I know she says that her real parents were killed in a fire but there seems to be overwhelming evidence that this is a lie. Any thoughts, references, that might clear this up?

synthetikrose

Chosen answer: No, Miss Hannigan is simply a cruel, manipulative orphanage matron. Annie's parents did indeed die in a fire.

LuMaria 1

Question: Miss Hannigan knew of the deaths of Annie's parents, but why did she never tell Annie?

Chosen answer: Could be two different reasons. One, she has shown not to care much for the orphans so she didn't care whether Annie knew or not. Two, at the very end it is shown she does have some care for the orphans, shown when she thinks Annie will be killed, so perhaps she had enough heart in her not to break Annie's hopes of her parents coming back to get her.

Question: When Punjab is following the kidnapper's truck, he calls Mr. Warbucks to tell him where the truck is. How do either of them have phones when car phones weren't invented until the 40's at the very earliest?

Chosen answer: Two-way mobile radios were invented in the 20s. With Mr. Warbucks' money, he would have been able to put two-way radios in all of his vehicles, and the microphone/speaker in the shape of a telephone receiver would then be an aesthetic choice.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: At the end: Miss Hannigan is seen at the party, but shouldn't she have been arrested along with Lily and Rooster? She was an accomplice to the planning and kidnapping of Annie, so that alone should have got her some sort of punishment.

Chosen answer: No charges were pressed against her due to her attempt to protect Annie from Rooster.

Phixius

Question: Why does Miss Hanigan, who knows Annie's parents died (as she states in the scene when she, Rooster and friend are looking for Annie's locket), think about letting them in in the scene when she answers the door and is told "Hi, we're Annie's parents"?

Chosen answer: She was caught off-guard. No one other than Annie's parents would have known about her, so 2 people appearing at the orphanage claiming to be her parents certainly would have caught her off-guard.

angi

Question: What movie are Annie, Oliver Warbucks and Grace watching at the theater?

Chosen answer: "Camille, " starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, and Lionel Barrymore. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028683/).

Captain Defenestrator

Question: This just interests me, but why does Miss Hannigan suddenly show concern for Annie when Rooster says he is going to kill her (just after Annie has torn up the cheque)? She never liked any of the orphans anyway, and earlier when Molly overheard the plan, and Rooster says that they are going to drop Annie in the river, Miss Hannigan never said anything.

Chosen answer: She's a selfish woman, malicious even. But she's no killer. Even if she didn't say anything against the plan, when faced with the execution of the actual deed, she couldn't bring herself to allow it. Also, it is suggested throughout the movie that Annie is her favorite. When Grace Ferrell asks for Annie, Miss Hannigan tries desperately to keep her at the orphanage by saying she's 'trouble' when in reality, Miss Hannigan loved Annie.

Phixius

Question: When Annie goes running up the stairs during "I think I'm gonna like it here" and Miss. Farrell follows her, is Miss. Farrell trying to tickle her when they stop in the middle of the stair case?

Chosen answer: This motion occurs after the sung line, "no finger will you lift." That is when Miss Farrell makes the finger-wiggling motion like she is going to tickle Annie. Then, they proceed the "chase" up the stairs. I think it's just meant to be a fun little mock-teasing while everyone on the staff is running around in a kind of slapstick manner.

Michael Albert

Question: Question regarding the search for Annie's parents: When Mr. Warbucks launches the nationwide search for Annie's parents using the best legal and investigative minds of the day, should they not have discovered that said parents died in a fire? The authorities somehow knew there was an abandoned child and where to send the parents' "junk", and Miss Hannigan was informed of the deaths. Obviously, someone knew Annie was at the orphanage and whose child she was. How did Warbucks' top notch team of private eyes miss that?

Chosen answer: Mrs. Hannigan's box of Annie's parents' things might have the only record of her birth certificate. This is the 1930s, after all. Paper records went missing all the time.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: When Mr Warbucks goes to the orphanage to adopt Annie, he already has the adoption papers with him. But shouldn't the papers be at the orphanage since Annie was only going to be staying with him for a two weeks and he only decided that morning that he wanted to adopt her permanently?

Chosen answer: The orphanage would certainly have adoption papers handy, but Warbucks is super-wealthy. His lawyer is undoubtedly quite used to procuring legal documents for Warbucks on a moment's notice. It just seemed the fastest way to go about it to him: have the paperwork as filled out and ready to go before he ever got there so all he'd need was Hannigan's signature, as pointed out in the song "Sign".

Phixius

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Orphans: We love you, Miss Hannigan.
Miss Hannigan: Shut up.

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When Mr. Warbucks is talking to Miss Hannigan, he mentions adopting Annie. After the camera angle changes to see her reaction, the folded blue paperwork suddenly appears.

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Since the mansion used in the movie belongs to Monmouth University, the pool that's in the basement had to be uncovered and converted back as it was and still is being used for administrative offices for the school.

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