Anne of Green Gables (1934 film)

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Anne of Green Gables
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Nicholls, Jr.
Produced by Kenneth Macgowan
Written by Sam Mint
Based on Anne of Green Gables
1908 novel  
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Starring Dawn O'Day
Tom Brown
Sara Haden
Charley Grapewin
Bonita Granville
Ben Hall
Ann Miller
Paul Stanton
Music by Alberto Colombo
Max Steiner
Roy Webb
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
November 23, 1934 (1934-11-23)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $226,000[1]
Box office $793,000[1]

Anne of Green Gables is a 1934 film directed by George Nicholls, Jr., based upon the novel, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The actress Dawn O'Day who portrayed the titular character of Anne Shirley changed her stage name to Anne Shirley after making this film.

This modest film became a surprise hit in 1934, easily succeeding in becoming one of four top grossing films RKO made that year (as noted in The R.K.O. Story published by Arlington House).


Anne Shirley (Dawn O'Day) is an orphan who has been adopted by farmer Matthew Cuthbert (O.P. Heggie) and his sister Marilla (Helen Westley). Although the pair were expecting a young boy to help on their farm, Anne endears herself to them and to the local villagers.



The film made a profit of $272,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p55

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