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Anne of Green Gables (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 23 November 1934 (USA)
A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.

Director:

George Nichols Jr. (as George Nicholls Jr.)

Writers:

Sam Mintz (screen play), Lucy Maud Montgomery (from the book "Anne of Green Gables") (as L.M. Montgomery)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Anne Shirley
Tom Brown ... Gilbert Blythe
O.P. Heggie ... Matthew Cuthbert
Helen Westley ... Marilla Cuthbert
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Barry
Murray Kinnell ... Mr. Phillips
Gertrude Messinger ... Diana
Charley Grapewin ... Dr. Tatum
Hilda Vaughn ... Mrs. Blewett
June Preston June Preston ... The Blewett Little Girl
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Storyline

Anne Shirley, an orphan, is adopted by farmer Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla, who were expecting a boy to help with their farm work. However, they accept Anne, who quickly endears herself to them and to the local villagers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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FICTION'S MOST BELOVED HEROINE REALLY LIVES! ( original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ania z zielonego wzg√≥rza See more »

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Budget:

$226,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The short film La Cucaracha (1934) played before this film in some theaters during its original release. See more »

Quotes

Anne Shirley: Please, please forgive me.
Anne Shirley: If you refuse it will be a lifelong sorrow to me. You wouldn't want to inflict a lifelong sorrow on a poor little orphan, would you?
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You wouldn't want to inflict a lifelong sorrow on a poor little orphan, would you?
2 June 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Anne of Green Gables is directed by George Nichols Jr. and adapted to screenplay by Sam Mintz from the book of the same name written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It stars Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, O.P. Heggie, Helen Westley & Sara Haden. Story sees Anne Shirley as an orphan girl who is adopted by farmer Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla. That they were expecting a boy means it's quite a surprise, but in spite of Marilla's initial reservations, they accept her into the family home and a good family unit is formed. But can Anne ingratiate herself into school and the village way of life?

Having not read the book I personally have no frame of reference in which to judge this film adaptation. What is there for its modest running time is a charming little picture capturing a time period long since past. The acting and English language is very correct, while the innocence of the story, including that of young love blossoming, has a simplicity that's hard to dislike. There's some nice country shots to sample as well, while O.P. Heggie's performance is worthy of investment on its own. Old time film making with old time values, it's a film easily digestible for the undemanding film fan. 7/10


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