Anna Christie (1930)

92 mins | Drama | 21 February 1930

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writer:

Frances Marion

Cinematographer:

William Daniels

Editor:

Hugh Wynn

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Actor George F. Marion, who appeared as "Chris," also played the role in the original Broadway production of the play, as well as the 1923 silent film version, which was directed by John Griffith Wray and starred Blanche Sweet and William Russell (See Entry). In addition to the English and German-language versions of the 1930 Anna Christie, a silent version, with titles by Madeleine Ruthven, was also made.
       Anna Christie was Greta Garbo's first talking picture. In the restored and subtitled German version, the scene in which Anna swears on the crucifix is missing, although it is included in the cutting continuity of the German version.
       In papers of Edgar G. Ulmer at the AMPAS Library, Ulmer states that he directed the German version. However, Jacques Feyder is listed as director in the onscreen credits. Actress Salka Steuermann, who appears in the German version, was also known as Salka Stearman and Salka Viertel. ...

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Actor George F. Marion, who appeared as "Chris," also played the role in the original Broadway production of the play, as well as the 1923 silent film version, which was directed by John Griffith Wray and starred Blanche Sweet and William Russell (See Entry). In addition to the English and German-language versions of the 1930 Anna Christie, a silent version, with titles by Madeleine Ruthven, was also made.
       Anna Christie was Greta Garbo's first talking picture. In the restored and subtitled German version, the scene in which Anna swears on the crucifix is missing, although it is included in the cutting continuity of the German version.
       In papers of Edgar G. Ulmer at the AMPAS Library, Ulmer states that he directed the German version. However, Jacques Feyder is listed as director in the onscreen credits. Actress Salka Steuermann, who appears in the German version, was also known as Salka Stearman and Salka Viertel.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
15 Feb 1930
p. 28
Film Daily
9 Feb 1930
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New York Times
15 Mar 1930
p. 22
New York Times
6 Jan 1931
p. 25
New Yorker
22 Mar 1930
pp. 52-53
Time
3 Mar 1930
p. 28
Variety
19 Mar 1930
p. 34
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Clarence Brown's Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
Rec dir
G. A. Burns
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill (New York, 2 Nov 1921).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 February 1930
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 22 Jan 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
10 February 1930
LP1062
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Sound, also silent
also si.
Duration(in mins):
92
Length(in feet):
8,268
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When she was a child, Anna Christie's sailor father left her with cruel and abusive relatives on a farm. Leaving the place as a young woman, Anna drifted into prostitution in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Chris, now captain of a coal barge based in New York, receives a letter from her indicating that she is coming to New York. Anna has been in a hospital and resents the fact that, over the years, her father has not attempted to locate and help her. Anna finds Chris in a waterfront bar where he has been keeping company with Marthy, an old souse. Although they have not seen each other for many years, Anna and her father eventually reconcile and she takes care of him on the barge. During a trip up the coast, they rescue a young sailor, Matt, who falls in love with Anna. Although she has grown to hate men, she is very attracted to Matt, but is unable to keep her previous life a secret. After she confesses her past to Matt and to her father, Matt leaves her. However, realising that he cannot live without her, Matt returns. Anna swears on his mother's crucifix that she loves only him and they are reunited. Anna is then content with the prospect of becoming Matt's wife and looking after her ...

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When she was a child, Anna Christie's sailor father left her with cruel and abusive relatives on a farm. Leaving the place as a young woman, Anna drifted into prostitution in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Chris, now captain of a coal barge based in New York, receives a letter from her indicating that she is coming to New York. Anna has been in a hospital and resents the fact that, over the years, her father has not attempted to locate and help her. Anna finds Chris in a waterfront bar where he has been keeping company with Marthy, an old souse. Although they have not seen each other for many years, Anna and her father eventually reconcile and she takes care of him on the barge. During a trip up the coast, they rescue a young sailor, Matt, who falls in love with Anna. Although she has grown to hate men, she is very attracted to Matt, but is unable to keep her previous life a secret. After she confesses her past to Matt and to her father, Matt leaves her. However, realising that he cannot live without her, Matt returns. Anna swears on his mother's crucifix that she loves only him and they are reunited. Anna is then content with the prospect of becoming Matt's wife and looking after her father.

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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