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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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An earlier Hollywood version starring Charles Laughton was in production but was cancelled following the outbreak of the Second World War. See more »

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Alfred Polly: What do you think you'll do?
Uncle Jim: What, if you don't clear out?
Alfred Polly: Yes.
Uncle Jim: Coo, you'd better. 'Ere, what won't I do to you once I start on yer? I'll make a mess of you. I'll do you injuries. I'll kick you ugly. I'll 'urt you in 'orrible ways, 'orrible ugly ways. You'll cry to see yourself.
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Version of The History of Mr Polly (2007) 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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