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Anne of Green Gables (1934)

A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.


George Nichols Jr. (as George Nicholls Jr.)


Sam Mintz (screen play), Lucy Maud Montgomery (from the book "Anne of Green Gables") (as L.M. Montgomery)

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Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Anne Shirley
Tom Brown ... Gilbert Blythe
O.P. Heggie ... Matthew Cuthbert
Helen Westley ... Marilla Cuthbert
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Barry
Murray Kinnell ... Mr. Phillips
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Hilda Vaughn ... Mrs. Blewett
June Preston June Preston ... The Blewett Little Girl


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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Anne Shirley PLAYED BY Anne Shirley (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

23 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ania z zielonego wzgórza See more »


Box Office


$226,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was scheduled for release on 26 October 1934, but was postponed until the end of November and advertised as a "Thanksgiving" holiday release. Some sources erroneously list the earlier date as the release date. See more »


Anne Shirley: Please, please forgive me.
Anne Shirley: If you refuse it will be a lifelong sorrow to me. You wouldn't want to inflict a lifelong sorrow on a poor little orphan, would you?
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Reintroducing Anne Shirley
13 May 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Because they are getting older, practical Helen Westley (as Marilla Cuthbert) and her quiet brother O.P. Heggie (as Matthew Cuthbert) decide to adopt a boy from an orphanage in Canada. They expect the lad will help work on their farm "Green Gables". Instead of a boy, Mr. Heggie is presented with spirited 14-year-old Dawn O'Day (as Anne Shirley), a precocious red-haired girl. Determined and fast-talking, she endears herself to Heggie and even thaws Ms. Westley's cool exterior. In school, O'Day meets handsome young Tom Brown (as Gilbert Blythe) and a romance begins. Although she does talk too much, O'Day is endearing. The young actress professionally changed her name to "Anne Shirley" with the release of this film. The popular 1908 novel, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, became a successful "silent" feature film in 1919, starring Mary Miles Minter and directed by William Desmond Taylor. That version appears to be lost, unfortunately, but this one captures the bygone setting beautifully.

******** Anne of Green Gables (11/23/34) George Nicholls Jr. ~ Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, Helen Westley, O.P. Heggie

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