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Anna Christie
Director: John Griffith Wray (Dir)
Release Date:   3 Dec 1923
Premiere Information:   New York showing: 28 Nov 1923
Duration (in feet):   7,631
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Blanche Sweet (Anna Christie)  
    William Russell (Matt Burke)  
    George F. Marion ("Chris" Christopherson)  
    Eugenie Besserer (Marthy)  
    Ralph Yearsley (The Brutal Cousin)  
    Chester Conklin (Tommy)  
    George Siegmann (Anna's uncle)  
    Victor Potel    
    Fred Kohler    

Summary: Chris Christopherson, an old skipper, is determined to keep his daughter, Anna, away from the sea. Brought up by cousins on a farm in Minnesota, Anna is treated badly by her relatives, and she runs away to Chicago where she soon becomes a streetwalker. Anna visits her father in New York City, hoping he will provide the peace and shelter she needs. The old man, ignorant of her previous life, invites Anna to live on the coal barge he commands. During one trip Anna meets a sailor and, to her father's regret, falls in love. The two men argue Anna's future. Finally, Anna reveals her past life and both men, angry and hurt, leave--to return several days later for a reconciliation. 

Production Company: Thomas H. Ince Corp.  
Distribution Company: Associated First National Pictures  
Director: John Griffith Wray (Dir)
Producer: Thomas H. Ince (Pres)
Writer: Bradley King (Scen)
Photography: Henry Sharp (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Anna Christie by Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (New York, 2 Nov 1921).
Authors: Eugene Gladstone O'Neill

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Thomas H. Ince Corp. 26/11/1923 dd/mm/yyyy LP19652

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Barges
  Chicago (IL)
  New York City
  Sea captains
  Swedish Americans

Note: In 1930, M-G-M produced versions, based on the same source, in both English and German and starring Greta Garbo. Garbo was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her work on this picture and her work on Romance (see below). Director Clarence Brown also received an Academy Award nomination for this film and Romance .  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   25 Nov 1923   p. 9.
New York Times   10 Dec 1923   p. 20.
Photoplay   Jan 1924   p. 68.
Variety   6 Dec 1923   p. 23.

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