Review: ‘Anne of Green Gables’

Anne of Green Gables is wholesome, sympathetic, romantic and dramatic, packing many a heart-tug and tear-jerk. It will do much to establish Anne Shirley, who has taken her professional nom-de-screen from her character in the L.M. Montgomery classic. It parallels the professional billing stunt done when Tom Brown (Tom Brown of Culver) was given his marquee handle [two years earlier].

Anne of Green Gables is wholesome, sympathetic, romantic and dramatic, packing many a heart-tug and tear-jerk. It will do much to establish Anne Shirley, who has taken her professional nom-de-screen from her character in the L.M. Montgomery classic. It parallels the professional billing stunt done when Tom Brown (Tom Brown of Culver) was given his marquee handle [two years earlier].

Orphan Annie’s influence on Green Gables is relieved by an adolescent garrulousness that is most natural and captivating. Her conversion of the dour sister (Helen Westley) is a fine screen portrait, while the already basically sympathetic brother (O.P. Heggie) mellows into another excellent celluloid characterization.

Tom Brown’s adolescent beau likewise develops into a manly and matured swain as Anne outgrows her her pigtails and into young womanhood.

Homespun setting is almost idyllic in a natural, bucolic Prince Edward Island (Canada) locale which cinematographer Lucien Andriot has deftly caught in a sequence of fetching landscapes, soft shadows and the like.

Anne of Green Gables

Production

RKO. Director George Nicholls Jr; Producer Kenneth Macgowan; Writer Sam Mintz; Camera Lucien Andriot Editor Arthur Schmidt; Music Max Steiner (dir.) Art Van Nest Polglase, Al Herman

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Anne Shirley Tom Brown O.P. Heggie Helen Westley Sara Haden Murray Kinnell
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