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The History of Mr. Polly (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 28 March 1949 (UK)
Quiet and somewhat direction-less, Alfred Polly uses the money he inherits from his father to marry and to set up shop in a small town. His heart is in neither of these enterprises and he ... See full summary »

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Quiet and somewhat direction-less, Alfred Polly uses the money he inherits from his father to marry and to set up shop in a small town. His heart is in neither of these enterprises and he eventually resorts to desperate measures to break free. His random wanderings in the countryside lead him to a new opportunity that just might be what he's been looking for all along. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The scene where Finlay Currie, playing Uncle Jim, first menaces John Mills, playing Alfred Polly, mirrors the scene early in Great Expectations (1946) in which Finlay Currie, playing the convict Magwitch, menaces young Pip. John Mills played Pip as an adult in that film. See more »

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The Innkeeper: I suppose you're all right. You've got a sort of half respectable look about you. I suppose you haven't done anything?
Alfred Polly: Bit of arson.
The Innkeeper: So long as you haven't the habit.
Alfred Polly: My first time, m'am, and my last.
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John Mills did get deserved credit!
9 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I echo all the good things said about this brilliant film. As for the contributor who claimed Mills did not receive enough credit in his career. . . the man was given a knighthood - how much credit does one need? As I write this comment, the film is being shown (yet again) on the Film 4 TV channel. It's one of those films (and there are many of them) which one can watch year after year and still find it entertaining, despite knowing each scene by heart. Since I discovered that a version of the film was planned and then abandoned in Hollywood with Charles Laughton in the title role, I can't help imagining Laughton speaking the lines as I watch the excellent John Mills.


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