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Pollyanna (1920)

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When Pollyanna is orphaned, she is sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly. Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Wharton James ...
Rev. John Whittier (as J. Wharton James)
Katherine Griffith ...
Nancy Thing
George Berrell ...
Old Tom
Howard Ralston ...
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When Pollyanna is orphaned, she is sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly. Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her aunt. But Pollyanna's incurable optimism - exemplified by her "glad game," in which she looks for the bright side of every situation - bring a change to the staid old community. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Family | Comedy | Drama


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18 January 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor del pueblo  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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Of this film, screenwriter Frances Marion said, "We proceeded with the dull routine of making a picture we both thought nauseating, 'Pollyanna'. I hated writing it, Malry [star Mary Pickford] hated playing it." See more »


Featured in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
Written by Effie I. Canning
Lyrics in an intertitle when Pollyanna sings to her dying father
Played on organ by Gaylord Carter in the alternate version
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I'm So Glad
16 September 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Short and Sweet. Way shorter and sweeter than any of the remakes - UK ITV did it again a couple of years ago at nearly 2 hours long with only 1 saccharine tab. It's far too short in fact, as Aunt Polly doesn't really get enough time for her character to develop properly in reaction to events caused by Pollyanna. Otoh I think Disney's was a bit too long and flat, but hey I'm hardly ever satisfied!

Pollyanna always tries to find ways of being Glad, no matter what happens. And why not, imho it's far better to be happy in this short life - if it isn't keep it to yourself! By now Mary Pickford was 27 playing 12 and was still getting away with it on screen. I know she was later properly praised for saving a lot of her classic pictures from being lost, but she really can't be thanked enough for it not only from the entertainment point of view but the historical one as well. This version of Pollyanna reflects back to us a world long dead, where you can watch and wonder what the actors and actresses would have thought of the cynical deadbeat filth that Hollywood churns out today, and whether or not they in their turn yearned too for the even simpler world of Pollyanna.

Maybe, and perhaps, this film simple and uncluttered as it is will still be available in the distant future and watched by people when every film made now is long forgotten, unknown and unwatched.

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