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Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 19 May 1960 (USA)
A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

Eleanor H. Porter (novel), David Swift (written for the screen by)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Pollyanna
Jane Wyman ... Aunt Polly
Richard Egan ... Dr. Edmond Chilton
Karl Malden ... Reverend Paul Ford
Nancy Olson ... Nancy Furman
Adolphe Menjou ... Mr. Pendergast
Donald Crisp ... Mayor Karl Warren
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Snow
Kevin Corcoran ... Jimmy Bean
James Drury ... George Dodds
Reta Shaw ... Tillie Lagerlof
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Paul Ford
Anne Seymour ... Mrs. Amelia Tarbell
Edward Platt ... Ben Tarbell
Mary Grace Canfield ... Angelica
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Storyline

A little girl comes to a town that is embattled by feuds and intimidated by her aunt. By the time she must leave, she has transformed the community with her indominatable will to see the good side of even the worst situations and bring it out for the betterment of all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Meet the people, the pleasure, the entertainment of the year! All the love, laughter and drama that life can hold, poured into one unforgettable motion picture! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle lieben Pollyanna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Patty Duke auditioned for the plum part of Pollyanna. See more »

Goofs

Los Angeles smog visible in the background in the scene in the field with Reverend Ford. The story locale is turn of the century Vermont. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Paul Ford: If we could all just be a little more quiet, cooperative, orderly, please. If we could all just stop shouting and cooperate, I'm sure...
Aunt Polly: There is nothing wrong with that building! All it needs is new plumbing.
Mayor Karl Warren: Today the plumbing, tomorrow the roof, and the Lord knows what - excuse me, Reverend - and who knows what's going to happen next!
Aunt Polly: You were very happy when my father donated the building to the town.
Mayor Karl Warren: Oh, for Pete's sake, Polly Harrington, listen to reason! It's a dilapidated old relic! The...
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Jimmy Bean
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A sweet and moving adaptation
5 January 2006 | by spletinckxSee all my reviews

Many different movies have been made out of Eleanor Porter's novel throughout the years. The story of the young Pollyanna, adopted by her strict aunt after the death of her parents, bringing back a long lost joy to an entire village is rather well known. Still, this Walt Disney version is both very charming and moving. It is probably thanks to David Swift excellent craftsmanship as a director, portraying some interesting characters while alternating with success funny or lighter moments with deeply moving ones. It may be thanks to a beautiful cast of experienced actors such as Jane Wyman (as the strict aunt), Karl Malden (as the flaming priest), Adolphe Menjou (as the recluse Mr Pendergast) or Agnes Moorehead (as the hypochondriac Mrs Snow). It could also be related to the beautifully optimistic message of joy and friendship. Yet, it is certainly due the exceptional on-screen presence of young British actress Hayley Mills. Her performance, only surpassed, in my opinion, by the one she delivers in The Parent Trap, earned her an Academy Award and allows her to deliver the spontaneity, curiosity and joy of living characteristic of Pollyanna. With such a package of qualities, this movie may do more than bring the best out of its character by bringing the best out of ourselves thanks to a little bit more than two hours of happiness.


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