Gentle Annie (film)

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.

Gentle Annie
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1945 theatrical poster
Directed byAndrew Marton
Screenplay byLawrence Hazard
Based onGentle Annie
1942 novel
by MacKinlay Kantor
Produced byRobert Sisk
StarringJames Craig
Donna Reed
Marjorie Main
CinematographyCharles Salerno, Jr.
Edited byChester Schaeffer
Music byDavid Snell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 4, 1945 (1945-05-04)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


A frontierswoman turns her family into a band of bank robbers.


Production notesEdit

Hollywood Reporter news items and MGM publicity material provide the following information about the production: MGM purchased MacKinlay Kantor's novel in February 1942. Filming began on October 6, 1942, but when director W. S. Van Dyke 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: August 7 — early September 1944. Additional scenes began late September 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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