Miss Polly (1941)

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Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Slim Wilkins
Kathleen Howard ...
Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass
Brenda Forbes ...
Elyse Knox ...
Barbara Snodgrass
Richard Clayton ...
Eddie (as Dick Clayton)
Dink Trout ...
Postman Wilbur Boggs
William Newell ...
New Postman Hubert
Ferris Taylor ...
Mayor Walsh
Fern Emmett ...
Mrs. Frisbee
Vera Lewis ...
Elvira Pennywinkle
Sarah Edwards ...
Angie Turner (as Sara Edwards)
Virginia Sale ...
Orsina Wiggins
Walter Baldwin ...
Lem Wiggins
Elmer, the Grocery Boy


Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over two years. Her next-door neighbor, Miss Panadora Polly, aptly named based on what she lets out of the box later in the film, is doing her best to promote the romance between town-nerd Eddie and Minerva's daughter Barbara. Miss Polly also does a lot of reflecting on what-might-have been regarding her own life reference romance, or the lack thereof. She and her handyman Slim Wilkins and (described in the dialogue) "housekeeper and companion" Patsy try sampling some of the spirits in the cellar, as Miss Polly is looking for the one that makes one nervy and romantic, that she is sure is there according to family legend. She finds it and it works as advertised and even better, and it is no pretty sight when the horny Zasu Pitts puts a hit on grocery-boy Mickey Daniels. She skips - she really does - down to... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

14 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Travessura de Solteirona  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Miss Pandora Polly: [singing] Oh she's coming round the mountain, here she comes, here she comes. She's coming round the mountain here she comes, here she comes. Go around the summer house here she comes, here she comes.
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It was good, but it could not have been longer.
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first encountered Zasu Pitts as "Trina" in Erich von Stroheim's GREED (1924), but this is not that. Here, she's Miss Pandora Polly, a lady with a big heart and a youthful spirit. Instead of GREED, what we have is a small town being terrorized by a stereotypical "upright and uptight guild." They've literally taken over the town, reducing the mayor to a pawn and passing all sorts of weird ordinances which proscribe amorous or even friendly contact between unmarried youths of the opposite sex. Zasu won't have any of this, and she takes steps to put the town right.

MISS POLLY is a story with one side to root for, the other against. The laughs are plenty, many coming from Slim Summerville as Slim Witkins, Polly's inventor friend. The only sane character in this movie, except for the soon-to-retire mailman, is Zasu's friend (or maid), Patsy (Brenda Forbes), who plays a delightful "straight-man" to Summerville's eccentricity.

It's only 45 minutes long, and it's a delight, especially if you enjoy observing the hypocrites getting their comeuppance.

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