Let’s take a look at L.M. Montgomery and “Anne of Green Gables.”
If you say Anne of Green Gables movie today most people immediately think of the 1985 Kevin Sullivan production (starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, and Jonathan Crombie), but that was far from Anne’s first foray on screen. That honor goes to a production back in 1919. The current owners of the Bala Museum (a summer hotel where Montgomery stayed during 1922 and inspiration for one of my favorites of her books, The Blue Castle) have taken an interest in this 1919 movie. They have tracked down information about it and stills and even identified the house (clearly not the Green Gables house in Prince Edward Island) that was used as Green Gables in the movie. They’ve done their best to recreate the experience of seeing this movie.
The house that was used as Green Gables in the 1919 movie is still a museum (not because of…
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