When Polly Fisher, a circus aerialist, is hurt while performing, she is taken to the house of a nearby minister, John Hartley. As she recuperates, they fall in love with each other and secretly marry. But when the truth leaks out , John's congregation rebels at having a circus woman as their minister's wife, and he is fired. Polly decides to leave John in hopes of giving back to him the calling that means so much to him. But fate steps in and rearranges all plans. Written by
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I think it's time to give Marion Davies her due. I knew nothing about her except "WR Hearst's mistress," until I saw "Cain and Mabel" (1938). In every Davies film I saw subsequently, she sparkled, whether silent, musical, or drama ("Operator 13"). K Hepburn and B Davis are acknowledged as the greatest actresses of the classic era. I think Davies ranks in the pantheon with them.
"Polly" ranks in the top 1% of the 9000+ films I've seen. As always, Marion carries the picture. To see why, you need only look at the scene where she reads from the "Book of Ruth." A woman attempting a seduction with the Bible is imaginative, and Marion brings it off.
I also like the fact that the film is very critical of the politics in the Episcopal Church. An added bonus is the aerial scenes, the best until "Trapeze."
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