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Miss Polly (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 November 1941 (USA)
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
Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass
Brenda Forbes ...
Barbara Snodgrass
Richard Clayton ...
Eddie (as Dick Clayton)
Dink Trout ...
Postman Wilbur Boggs
William Newell ...
New Postman Hubert
Mayor Walsh
Fern Emmett ...
Mrs. Frisbee
Elvira Pennywinkle
Sarah Edwards ...
Angie Turner (as Sara Edwards)
Orsina Wiggins
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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This film was first purchased for telecast in New York City in mid-1948 by WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally released theatrically between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. However, no record of WPIX ever showing the film has been found. Its earliest documented telecast in the New York City area was Tuesday 16 August 1949 on WJZ (Channel 7), who picked up the Roach package after WPIX was finished with it. In the meantime, on the West Coast, its initial television presentation occurred in Los Angeles Tuesday 28 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Patsy: I'm going to go catch a chicken for lunch.
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A Real Letdown
18 July 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Miss Polly (1941)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Rather flat comedy has Zasu Pitts playing the title character, a free spirited woman in a very conservative town, which is being ruined by a woman who demands that everyone live the type of lifestyle she sees fit. This here leads to a town where everyone is expecting to follow her "rules but Miss Polly has plans of her own. MISS POLLY could have made for a very funny movie but sadly it's really a complete disaster from start to finish and thankfully the thing only lasts 45-minutes or else it would probably be much worse. There are all sorts of problems with this thing but it really does seem that no one involved even tried to make something fresh or original and instead they just threw a bunch of scenes together without every attempting to make them better. We're really left with a movie that has very little going for it because everything is just so uneven and forced that you really do wonder what anyone was thinking. The old woman who demands that everyone follow her rules is so annoying that you can't help but hate her and really be turned off by her. This isn't good for a comedy that is supposed to be making you laugh. Instead of laughing you just grow extremely hot and frustrated by how annoying the character is. The actors give it their all and you can tell they're trying but it's all for nothing.

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