Gentle Annie (film)
1945 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Andrew Marton|
|Produced by||Robert Sisk|
|Written by||Lawrence Hazard|
|Release date(s)||New York and Los Angeles opening: 4 May 1945|
|Running time||80-81 min.|
Gentle Annie is a film with a Western theme, directed in 1944 by Andrew Marton, starring Donna Reed and James Craig.. Marjorie Main played the role of Annie Goss. A notable actor in this film is Harry Morgan, who plays Cottonwood Goss. Morgan is best known for his role as Col.Potter in the TV show M.A.S.H.
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Hollywood Reporter news items and M-G-M publicity material provide the following information about the production: M-G-M purchased MacKinlay Kantor's novel in February 1942. Filming began on October 6, 1942, but when director W. S. Van Dyke II became ill in early November 1942, production was halted. Tay Garnett was to take over direction on November 9, 1942, but the project was shelved and not revived until June 1944.
The 1942 version was produced by Sam Zimbalist and starred Robert Taylor as "Lloyd Richland," Susan Peters as "Mary Lingen," Spring Byington as "Annie Goss," Charles Grapewin as "Barrow" and Morris Ankrum as the sheriff. When the project was revived in 1944, the script was rewritten and all the principal crew and cast, except Ankrum and Craig, were replaced. Production Dates: 7 Aug—early Sep 1944; addl scenes began late Sep 1944.
John Philliber, who plays "Barrow" in the film, died on November 8, 1944, shortly after filming ended. Gentle Annie was his last picture.
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