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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:
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Wharton James ...
Rev. John Whittier (as J. Wharton James)
Katherine Griffith ...
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Helen Jerome Eddy ...
Nancy Thing
George Berrell ...
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Howard Ralston ...
William Courtleigh ...
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Herbert Prior ...
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Family | Comedy | Drama

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18 January 1920 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Version of Pollyanna (1973) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1884)
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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America's Sweetheart as The Glad Girl
31 May 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews



POLLYANNA, the young orphan of an Ozark missionary, arrives in New England to live with her spinster Aunt Polly, a withdrawn & bitter woman. Through her `Glad Game' - finding joy in every situation - irrepressible Pollyanna slowly begins to change the lives of the entire community, eventually finding the love she so desperately craves.

This splendid family film, based on the Eleanor H. Porter classic, is as spunky & cheerful as its innocent heroine. 28-year old Mary Pickford is wonderfully believable as a little girl. She exhibits the sweet charm which made her the world's most famous celebrity. She dominates her every scene with star quality few others ever possessed.

The rest of the cast is also very good, especially Katherine Griffith as sullen Aunt Polly & Howard Ralston as young orphan Jimmy Bean. The sets & location filming are also worthy of mention.

The pipe organ score for this silent film is performed by virtuoso Gaylord Carter, The Wizard of the Keyboard.


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