Anna Christie is a picture that is as different to the regular runs of screen productions as the Eugene O’Neill plays are to the majority of hits and near-hits that come to the spoken stage.
There is one mistake John Griffith Wray makes in the direction. In the usual picture fashion he tries to force his leading woman to overshadow the character role. Blanche Sweet isn’t the Anna Christie Pauline Lord was on the stage, but George Marion is Chris and as such he so far overshadows the leading woman that the director is undoubtedly forced to take the extremes he does to keep her in the eye of the audience. But that is not good direction.
William Russell makes Matt Burke a convincing sort of a brute Irish coal passer on a steam tramp and puts over his role with a wallop, and likewise Eugenie Besserer handles Marthy, so that in all Sweet is the only weak spot of the cast of four.