Gentle Annie (1944)

Passed  |   |  Romance, Western  |  4 May 1945 (USA)
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The Goss family live on a farm they call the dust bowl where the wind blows during the day and the coyotes howl at night. When the train is robbed, everyone thinks that Cotton and Violet ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Lingen
Annie Goss
Cottonwood Goss (as Henry Morgan)
Violet Goss
Sheriff Tatum
John Philliber ...
Morris Ankrum ...
Deputy Gansby
Hansen (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Frank Darien ...
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Childers - Bartender (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)


The Goss family live on a farm they call the dust bowl where the wind blows during the day and the coyotes howl at night. When the train is robbed, everyone thinks that Cotton and Violet were the ones that did the job, but no one has any proof. US Marshal Lloyd Richland comes into town in disguise to find the truth and he finds that the sheriff is corrupt and that the Goss family is gosh darn nice. They take in Richland and a stranded woman named Mary without any questions. Cotton believes that Sheriff Tatum shot their pa in the back, and the sheriff is now trying to plug the boys. Richland is looking for the train robbers, and at the same time is keeping an eye on Tatum and the lovely young Mary. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Release Date:

4 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Estranha Amizade  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Production of the movie actually began in October 1942 with W.S. Van Dyke as director and Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, Spring Byington, Charley Grapewin, Van Johnson, Morris Ankrum and James Craig. The production was halted and finally shelved when Van Dyke became ill after 4 weeks of shooting, and when it was revived in 1944, only Ankrum and Craig remained in the cast, but in different roles. See more »


Gentle Annie
(1856) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played on an offscreen piano in the saloon
Sung a cappella by Paul Langton
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Maybe Not So Gentle But Well Loved
3 June 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Marjorie Main is the title character. This is a Western, basically. But with Main as the lead, it doesn't really feel like one. We already know her as the proprietor of the dude ranch in "The Women" -- hardly a Western -- and (though it came later) as Ma Kettle.

I liked Westerns when I was a child but don't care for them now. Many still do. I think this movie would please the two camps about equally.

It's psychologically quite odd, if watered-down: Main's two sons adore her. And one of them is named Violet. OK.

James Craig is an outsider in town and a central figure in the plot. He was a handsome an underrated actor of this period. I sometimes wonder why certain careers, such as his, didn't take off.

Donna Reed, too, is an outsider. She was very appealing in movies of the 1940s. This one is no exception.

Who knows if it was intentional but the movie is, looking at it now, a little campy. We have the son named Violet. And Main's dog is named Belle. True, she is a daughter of the Confederacy. But it's kind of a grand name for a rancher to give her mongrel dog.

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