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.