Anne of Green Gables (1934)

79-80 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 November 1934

Writer:

Sam Mintz

Producer:

Kenneth Macgowan

Cinematographer:

Lucien Andriot

Editor:

Arthur Schmidt

Production Designers:

Van Nest Polglase, Albert Herman

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although the copyright entry states that the film was based on the "novels" of L. M. Montgomery, only Anne of Green Gables is mentioned in the onscreen credits. According to DV news items, George Nicholls, Jr. replaced Alfred Santell as director on the project. Santell reportedly left the production after RKO executives refused to allow him to shoot on location in Santa Cruz, insisting that he use process background shots instead. The film was scheduled to open on 26 Oct 1934, but its premiere was postponed until the end of November, at which time it was touted as a "Thanksgiving" holiday release. As a publicity gimmick, actress Dawn O'Day, who made her starring debut in this film, changed her professional name to match that of the title character. Shirley retained the name permanently and played the "Anne Shirley" part again in RKO's 1940 sequel Anne of Windy Poplars (see below listing). In 1919 Realart Pictures made the first film version of Montgomery's novel, which was directed by William Desmond Taylor and starred Mary Miles Minter (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.0116). In 1985 and 1986, Kevin Sullivan directed and Megan Fellows and Colleen Dewhurst starred in two popular public television mini-series adapted from the "Anne of Green Gables" ... More Less

Although the copyright entry states that the film was based on the "novels" of L. M. Montgomery, only Anne of Green Gables is mentioned in the onscreen credits. According to DV news items, George Nicholls, Jr. replaced Alfred Santell as director on the project. Santell reportedly left the production after RKO executives refused to allow him to shoot on location in Santa Cruz, insisting that he use process background shots instead. The film was scheduled to open on 26 Oct 1934, but its premiere was postponed until the end of November, at which time it was touted as a "Thanksgiving" holiday release. As a publicity gimmick, actress Dawn O'Day, who made her starring debut in this film, changed her professional name to match that of the title character. Shirley retained the name permanently and played the "Anne Shirley" part again in RKO's 1940 sequel Anne of Windy Poplars (see below listing). In 1919 Realart Pictures made the first film version of Montgomery's novel, which was directed by William Desmond Taylor and starred Mary Miles Minter (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.0116). In 1985 and 1986, Kevin Sullivan directed and Megan Fellows and Colleen Dewhurst starred in two popular public television mini-series adapted from the "Anne of Green Gables" novels. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 Jul 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
7 Aug 34
p. 4.
Daily Variety
14 Sep 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Oct 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Nov 34
p. 10.
HF
11 Aug 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 34
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Oct 34
p. 16.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Aug 34
p. 49.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Oct 34
pp. 28-29, 40-41.
New York Times
22 Dec 34
p. 21.
Variety
25 Dec 34
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 November 1934
Production Date:
7 August--14 September 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 November 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5183
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79-80
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
317
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the turn of the century, Anne Shirley, a precocious, tempermental, red-headed orphan, is sent from an asylum in Nova Scotia to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert's farm, Green Gables, on Prince Edward Island. Although her quiet brother Matthew takes an immediate liking to the imaginative Anne, stoic Marilla Cuthbert, who had "ordered" a boy, resists her charms and threatens repeatedly to return her to the orphanage. Gradually, however, Anne wins over Marilla and earns a permanent place at Green Gables. Although Anne curses the brightness of her red hair, Gilbert Blythe, a handsome schoolmate, admires it shamelessly during class, and his attentions both please and confuse Anne. From her best friend, Diana Barry, Anne learns that years before, Gilbert's father ran off with Matthew's fiancée, and that since that incident, the entire Blythe family has been condemned by Marilla. After a tempestuous start, the forbidden love affair between Anne and Gilbert blossoms, but as soon as Marilla learns of it, she orders the teenagers to stop seeing each other. Despondent, Gilbert leaves town and Anne is sent off to normal school. Years later, Anne is visited by Diana, who divulges the fact that Matthew is seriously ill with heart trouble. Anne rushes home and finds out that because of her education costs, the Cuthberts cannot afford a medical specialist. Knowing that Gilbert is studying with the specialist whom Matthew needs, Anne goes to see him and begs his help. As a favor to Gilbert, the specialist agrees to treat Matthew, and Marilla, grateful for Gilbert's aid, at last gives in and blesses the young ... +


At the turn of the century, Anne Shirley, a precocious, tempermental, red-headed orphan, is sent from an asylum in Nova Scotia to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert's farm, Green Gables, on Prince Edward Island. Although her quiet brother Matthew takes an immediate liking to the imaginative Anne, stoic Marilla Cuthbert, who had "ordered" a boy, resists her charms and threatens repeatedly to return her to the orphanage. Gradually, however, Anne wins over Marilla and earns a permanent place at Green Gables. Although Anne curses the brightness of her red hair, Gilbert Blythe, a handsome schoolmate, admires it shamelessly during class, and his attentions both please and confuse Anne. From her best friend, Diana Barry, Anne learns that years before, Gilbert's father ran off with Matthew's fiancée, and that since that incident, the entire Blythe family has been condemned by Marilla. After a tempestuous start, the forbidden love affair between Anne and Gilbert blossoms, but as soon as Marilla learns of it, she orders the teenagers to stop seeing each other. Despondent, Gilbert leaves town and Anne is sent off to normal school. Years later, Anne is visited by Diana, who divulges the fact that Matthew is seriously ill with heart trouble. Anne rushes home and finds out that because of her education costs, the Cuthberts cannot afford a medical specialist. Knowing that Gilbert is studying with the specialist whom Matthew needs, Anne goes to see him and begs his help. As a favor to Gilbert, the specialist agrees to treat Matthew, and Marilla, grateful for Gilbert's aid, at last gives in and blesses the young couple. +

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