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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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Remade as The History of Mr. Polly (1959) See more »

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Fantastic!
22 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have loved this film ever since I first saw it at approximately at the age of 6, 7 years on it's still one of my favourites. It's a heart warming tale that the whole family will love. Having never read the book I can't really compare but even so if the film's this good then I'm sure the book will be as good, if not better! I do not understand why the overall rating for this film is an average of 6.6. The people who vote obviously have no taste as this film is a masterpiece of acting. John Mills I credit as one of the best actors to have lived and one year after his death I don't think enough credit has been given to this man and his acting skills.


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