Anne of Green Gables (1919) - Rotten Tomatoes

Anne of Green Gables (1919)

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Mary Miles Minter was supposed to be a contender for Mary Pickford's girlish crown, but she never came close. It's no wonder with pictures like this one -- based on L.M. Montgomery's book, it's an innocuous effort in which Minter does very little other than look cute. Adult siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert (Marcia Harris and Frederick Burton) want to adopt a child from an orphanage, and their home, Green Gables, comes to be graced by the presence of Anne Shirley (Minter). In spite of her sweet looks, Anne has a penchant for landing herself in trouble, which gives the town gossip, Mrs. Pie (Leila Romer), a lot to talk about. When Anne grows up and her adopted family loses its money, she goes to work as a schoolteacher. While teaching, she is compelled to whip Mrs. Pie's boy, and later, when he falls off a hay wagon and breaks his arm, Anne gets the blame for the injury. But a minister who saw the fall clears it all up and saves Anne's hide. This picture was directed by William Desmond Taylor, whose unsolved murder in 1922 destroyed Minter's career. Even though the actress almost certainly had no involvement in his death, she was apparently one of the last people to see him alive. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast

E.T. Chailles
as Abdenage Pie
George Stewart
as Gilbert Blythe
Frederick Burton
as Matthew Cuthbert
Marcia Harris
as Marilla Cuthbert
Jack B. Hollis
as Rev. Figtree
Maurice Lovelle
as Diana Barry
Mary Miles Minter
as Anne Shirley
Leila Romer
as Mrs. Pie
Hazel Sexton
as Josie Pie
Lincoln Stedman
as Jumbo Pie
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Critic Reviews for Anne of Green Gables

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Humor, pathos, melodrama and romance are the reliable ingredients of the story, to which William D. Taylor, the director, has added a number of pleasing pictures.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

[Anne of Green Gables] drags admittedly, but there's a wholesome charm to it.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

William D. Taylor's direction of the picture is pleasantly adequate without being in any way original.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

This picture should suitably entertain.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

As long as life goes on and kiddies continue to be kiddies, the old interest in the child life will continue, and so, in Anne of Green Gables.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Mary Miles Minter has the youth and personal charm required for the part of Anne, and responds quickly and convincingly to the character's varying moods. Paul Kelly makes a likable boyish lover, and the cast is uniformly satisfactory.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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