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Anne of Green Gables (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 23 November 1934 (USA)
A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.

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(as George Nicholls Jr.)

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(screen play), (from the book "Anne of Green Gables") (as L.M. Montgomery)
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Anne Shirley, an orphan, is adopted by farmer Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla, who were expecting a boy to help with their farm work. However, they accept Anne, who quickly endears herself to them and to the local villagers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Also Known As:

Ania z zielonego wzgórza  »

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Katharine Hepburn wanted the part of Anne, and was always disappointed that she'd never gotten to play that part. Over 50 years later when Kevin Sullivan was producing a television adaptation of the same story she contacted him and had her grand-niece, Schuyler Grant read for the role. Schuyler did not get the part of Anne, (as the producers insisted on a Canadian actress) but she did get cast as Anne's best friend, Diana, in 'Anne of Green Gables (1985)'. See more »

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Anne Shirley: I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't think a rose would be as nice if it were called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.
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"It was Providence"
10 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Similar to Pollyanna in its central character Anne Of Green Gables written in the Edwardian era by Canadian novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery has attained an enduring popularity the world over. It certainly has given Canada's smallest province Prince Edward Island its most famous identity.

In this adaption of the story young Anne Shirley played by Anne Shirley is sent by an orphanage to a sister and brother, Helen Westley and O.P. Heggie instead of a boy. It's a boy they want to help with the farm work as they're not spring chickens. But the orphanage sends a girl instead and Shirley has an innocence and bewitching charm and one lively imagination that captivates Heggie from the start. The crusty Westley takes a bit longer, but she grows to love her like a birth daughter though she takes great pains not to show it too much.

The novel has been adapted many times for the big and small screen and even for a mini-series. We get only the bare bones of a plot, but the skill of the players makes up for a lot of it. Tom Brown is in this too as Anne's boyfriend although their courtship is a bit rocky. They start with Anne busting her school slate on his noggin.

This is a good adaption that has held up well even for today. We'll no doubt see Anne Of Green Gables made many times over still, but this story is timeless as is this film.


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