Anna Christie (1930)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Social Problem Film  |   Release Date - Feb 21, 1930 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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It is all too easy at this late stage to scoff at the presumed staginess of Anna Christie or of Greta Garbo's much-imitated opening line of "Gimme a vhisky, ginger ale on the side." In reality, however, the drama actually holds up fine in comparison with most talkies from 1930 and William Daniels' camera is surprisingly fluid. George F. Marion, who originated the role of Chris on Broadway back in 1922, makes Anna's old seadog of a father much more than a vaudeville turn and Marie Dressler deservedly won recognition for her downtrodden old sod of a waterfront floozy. As for Garbo herself, she makes Eugene O'Neill's heroine unforgettably her own.