ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1934) B/W 80m dir: George Nichols, Jr.
w/Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, O.P. Heggie, Helen Westley, Sara Haden, Murray Kinnell
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Anne of Green Gables is wholesome, sympathetic, romantic and dramatic, packing many a heart-tug and a 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 characterization.
"Tom Brown's adolescent beau likewise develops into a manly and matured swain as Anne outgrows 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."