The 1934 Anne of Green Gables by RKO Radio Pictures!
The first Anne of Green Gables adaptation was a silent black and white film starring Mary Miles Minter who honestly seems like she was a super interesting person. Her wikipedia page was really neat to read.
(First picture is Nesbitt, second two are Minter.)
Sorry, America, you can't have our Anne.
Some um. Interesting choices indeed.
Can you imagine that today? It'd be like Daniel Radcliffe deciding he was going to be called Harry Potter the rest of of his life.
She also has a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. That'd be a fun trip, finding all the Anne's through time on there
Seriously though there was a lot of beeping.
I do love the full credits before the movie starts. I love old Disney movies that do that, too. Funny how long they used to be, isn't it?
Wait, Diana? I mean, okay. She could be visiting Mrs Rachel Lynde.
Excuse me, Mother?? Who is this person?????
Wait. She's Rachel BARRY?? I... I'm going to need to come back to that.
That's really more of something ANNE would say.
Honestly I like this set. It looks how I pictured the train station.
And honestly, again, this is a good shot. She looks so alone.
First of all, every actor in this movie is American and they don't sound right. It's all like... 30s Hollywood.
Second, as Montgomery said of Minter... Shirley is a bit too perfect for me. She's very pretty and very chipper and perky. Just doesn't do much for me as an Anne performance.
One of my big problems with this movie is that the interactions between Anne and Matthew just feel... off. I think a lot of it is honestly aging her up while keeping her behaviour the same.
Otherwise the scene goes by the book, except Anne says, "My eyes are green." Book!Anne's eyes are grey. And it's said more than once!
The movie, however, decides that Anne is to be the one to name it Green Gables. I don't know why.
Another nitpick, but they give Matthew extra dialogue in this scene. Not a ton, but it bothers me. And Marilla's a bit meaner to him, too.
Her actress is seriously the best of the bunch here.
I kind of think the actor is trying to play Matthew as "slow" in a stereotypical, offensive way at the beginning of the movie.
If you're confused, pleased know it's the movie and not my recapping skills.
Mrs Spencer says she's sure Mrs Bluett will take Anne. There's a few little kids running around at Mrs Bluett's but they seem better behaved than I'd expect. And you know, 4 kids is fewer than I expected, too.
Also the baby is cute. Luce thought it was a fake baby at first XD
The baby is having a great time. Look at the little foot kicking all happy.
Also Mrs Bluett has almost more of a Southern US accent? The actress was from Maryland - is that considered the South? Odd choice for PEI, again.
Marilla says if they decide not to keep her, she'll bring or send Anne back tomorrow.
Marilla's actress is great here. She really nails the balance between flustered and knowing she should disapprove of what Anne's saying, but actually being amused.