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Pollyanna (1960)

 -  Drama | Family  -  19 May 1960 (USA)
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A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

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Richard Egan ...
Dr. Edmond Chilton
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Reverend Paul Ford
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Nancy Furman
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Mr. Pendergast
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Mayor Karl Warren
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Mrs. Snow
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George Dodds
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Tillie Lagerlof
Leora Dana ...
Mrs. Paul Ford
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Mrs. Amelia Tarbell
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Ben Tarbell
Mary Grace Canfield ...
Angelica
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A little girl comes to a town that is embattled by feuds and intimidated by her aunt. By the time she must leave, she has transformed the community with her indominatable will to see the good side of even the worst situations and bring it out for the betterment of all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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girl | small town | optimism | maid | americana | See more »

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Just wonderful entertainment! See more »

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Drama | Family

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Pollyanna  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

David Swift:  The fireman shown shooing the small boy off a ladder after the boiler accident at the Harrington House Orphanage. See more »

Goofs

Aunt Polly's entire staff knows that Pollyanna can't come to the bazaar, motivating the cook to bake dozens of cakes to sell, yet when she sneaks out the window and shows up, they all tell her to hurry up and put on her costume so she can be part of the flag, as if they were expecting her to show up despite being forbidden by her Aunt. See more »

Quotes

Angelica: If you ask me, Reverend Ford should've taken sides with Mayor Warren. He had the chance, and what did he do? Said he never takes sides in these matters.
Mrs. Tillie Lagerlof: Oh, stop sticking your nose into their business and get this sherbert out there!
Angelica: We're out of spoons.
Mrs. Tillie Lagerlof: Well, wash some up! Don't stand there belly-achin' to me about it!
Angelica: You're in a fine mood, aren't you?
Nancy Furman: Pollyanna, I thought you could use this for your room.
Pollyanna Whittier: Oh, thank you, Nancy! Oh, it's gorgeous!
Nancy Furman: Well, thanks for not spilling the beans about ...
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Version of Tale of Pollyanna, Girl of Love (1986) See more »

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Listen to the Mocking Bird
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Septimus Winner under the pseudonym "Alice Hawthorne", and music by Richard Milburn
Played at the bazaar
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My First Movie
13 February 2001 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

My parents told me this was the very first movie they took me to see, at a drive-in yet! And what a flick to start with! This super-hit for Disney is kind of like MAME for kids, and surprisingly enough it works, due to the all-around charisma of the cast, and the wonderful small town setting. Uncle Walt sure knew what he was doing when he snatched little Hayley Mills from father John and propped her up in the title role: walking around with her shiny pigtails and her drippy milk mustache, she simply shouts fertility, and the promise of the future. Disney favorite Kevin Corcoran is fine as Polly's mischievous pal. Preacher Karl Malden gives a creepy hellfire sermon, sure to scare the kids in the audience, as well as the kids in the film. Then there's a creepy old neighbor (Menjou) who supposedly keeps kids as slaves in his rat-filled basement! Polly sets the guy straight, though; in fact, precocious Polly has meaningful encounters with all the adult male authority figures in town, and subsequently becomes fixated on the machinations of prisms and politics. Then there's the evocative night carnival, at which Polly sings "America, the Beautiful", wrapped up in the flag! There is of course, the obligatory traumatic near-death experience, but all ends well. This fun omnibus of a film fully expresses Disney's interest with small-town America as cultural and sociological experiment, a venture which began with Disneyland and hasn't ended yet!


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