Anne of Green Gables

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Time Out says

A passable adaptation of LM Montgomery's children's classic, beginning well with the placidly fraught arrival in a backwoods town of the orphan girl whose horrified adoptive parents instantly protest that they actually ordered a boy (the atmosphere helped no end by Heggie's lovely performance as the henpecked husband who slyly - and mutely - rebels in her favour). After that the plot begins to develop galloping consumption in order to get everything in, while simultaneously sliding into sentimentality. A further hazard is the lead performance by former child star Dawn O'Day (who adopted the professional name of Anne Shirley after the character she enacts here): much too knowingly sophisticated in playing the wilfully imaginative child, she makes one feel that what the dear thing really rates is a sound thrashing.
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Release details

UK release:

1934

Duration:

77 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Helen Westley, Anne Shirley, Charley Grapewin, Tom Brown, OP Heggie, Sara Haden

Art Director:

Van Nest Polglase, Al Herman

Music:

Max Steiner

Screenwriter:

Sam Mintz

Editor:

Arthur Schmidt

Cinematography:

Lucien Andriot

Producer:

Kenneth MacGowan

Director:

George Nicholls Jr

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