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Anne of Windy Poplars is a 1940 black-and-white film starring Anne Shirley as Anne Shirley. It is the sequel to the 1934 film Anne of Green Gables and is based on the novel Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery.


Anne Shirley, having recently wed her childhood sweetheart Gilbert Blythe, takes a teaching position in a prestigious school far from her home on Prince Edward Island. While she is quickly accepted by her host family, the rest of the town, headed by the clannish Pringle family, refuses to accept her, on the orders of the head of the Pringle tribe, Ernestine Pringle.[1]



Main cast

  • Anne Shirley as Anne Shirley
  • James Ellison as Tony Pringle
  • Henry Travers as Matey
  • Patric Knowles as Gilbert Blythe
  • Slim Summerville as Jabez Monkman
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Rebecca
  • Louise Campbell as Catherine Pringle
  • Joan Carroll as Betty Grayson

Supporting cast

  • Katherine Alexander as Ernestine Pringle
  • Minnie Dupree as Kate
  • Alma Kruger as Mrs. Stephen Pringle
  • Marcia May Jones as Jen Pringle
  • Ethel Griffies as Hester Pringle
  • Clara Blandick as Mrs. Morton Pringle
  • Gilbert Emery as Stephen Pringle
  • Wright Kramer as Morton Pringle
  • Granville Bates as Dr. Walton (uncredited)
  • Nora Cecil as Miss Blecker (uncredited)
  • Lew Kelly as Mr. Slocum (uncredited)

Other cast

  • Jackie Moran as Boy
  • Grady Sutton as Gibson's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Joseph E. Bernard as Station Agent (uncredited)
  • William Edmunds as Train Conductor (uncredited)
  • Phyllis Kennedy as Maid (uncredited)
  • Leo Cleary (uncredited)
  • Margaret Armstrong (uncredited)
  • Catherine Courtney (uncredited)
  • Frank Darien (uncredited)
  • Ruth Dietrich (uncredited)
  • Sarah Edwards (uncredited)
  • Harold Entwhistle (uncredited)
  • Gus Glassmire (uncredited)
  • Effie Laird (uncredited)
  • Edward LeSaint (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lowe (uncredited)
  • Robert McKenzie (uncredited)
  • George Meader (uncredited)
  • Leona Roberts (uncredited)
  • Kathryn Sheldon (uncredited)
  • Ethel Wales (uncredited)


Art Director: Van Nest Polglase
Art Director's Associate: Albert D'Agnostino
Director: Jack Hively
Director of Photography: Frank Redman, A.S.C.
Costumes by: Edward Stevenson
Editor: George Hively
Executive Producer: Lee Marcus
Montage by: Douglas Travers
Musical Director: Roy Webb
Producer: Cliff Reid
Recorded by: John L. Cass
Screenwriters: Michael Kanin & Jerry Cady
Special Effects by: Vernon L. Walker, A.S.C.

Recorded by RCA Recording System

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Differences from the book[]

  • The book is set in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, while the film is set in the town of "Pringleton".
  • The only characters to return from the first movie are Anne and Gilbert, and Green Gables is mentioned only once.
  • Anne is the school principal in the novel, but vice-principal in the film. The principal in the movie is a man called Mr. Gibson, who may be named after Mrs. Gibson from the book.
  • The film includes the school janitor, Jabez Monkman, an original character presumably named after Martha Monkman.
  • Aunt Chatty is replaced by a male character named Matey, the brother of Kate and a sailor who worked with the town's founder, Isaac Pringle.
  • Whereas the book covered a number of different subplots, the film focuses solely on Anne's rivalry with the Pringles, living at Windy Poplars, and the school play.
  • Little Elizabeth is primarily known as "Betty" Grayson. She also lives with her aunt Ernestine Pringle rather than her great-grandmother, Mrs. Campbell.
  • Ellen and Sarah Pringle are combined into one character named Hester Pringle.
  • Katherine Brooke becomes Catherine Pringle, the adopted daughter of Hester.
  • A new member of the Pringle family is added, Tony Pringle, who helps Anne win over the town.
  • Anne gets the better of Jen Pringle by eavesdropping on her through the school's air vents.
  • The old diaries belong to Matey instead of the Bryce family, and unlike in the novel the contents of the diary do not win Anne the immediate support of the Pringle matriarch.
  • The school play is based on Cinderella rather than Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • In the book, Jen intentionally calls off sick to ruin the play, but in the movie Hester locks her up, leading Catherine to come to her rescue. In the novel, Anne saved the play by having Sophy Sinclair play the lead role.
  • Maplehurst burns down after Hester dies and accidentally sets it on fire.
  • Anne and Gilbert adopt Betty Grayson instead of her father returning and taking her home with him.


  • Anne of Windy Poplars was made two years before Lucy Maud Montgomery's death, but there is nothing in her journals or correspondence which suggests that she saw it. There are diary entries which relate to the pre-production. These indicate that Montgomery was apprehensive about the film's treatment of the novel.


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