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In addition to the English and German-language versions of this film, a silent version, with titles by Madeleine Ruthven, was also made. Anna Christie was Greta Garbo's first talking picture. In the restored and subtitled German version, the scene in which Anna swears on the crucifix is missing, although it is included in the cutting continuity of the German version. In papers of Edgar G. Ulmer at the AMPAS Library, Ulmer states that he directed the German version. In addition, an affidavit by Fritz Feld testifies to this statement; however, Jacques Feyder is listed as director in the onscreen credits. Actress Salka Steuermann, who appears in the German version, was also known as Salka Stearman and Salka Viertel. In 1923, John Griffith Wray directed an earlier version, which starred Blanche Sweet, William Russell and George F. Marion.