Pollyanna (1960)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tillie Lagerlof
Leora Dana ...
Mrs. Paul Ford
Ben Tarbell
Mrs. Amelia Tarbell
Mary Grace Canfield ...


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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Alle lieben Pollyanna  »

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Roy O. Disney, studio business head and brother to Walt Disney, issued thousands of "Pollyanna Photo Locket Necklaces" as a promotional item containing the famous quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln in the movie. Discovering the necklace in a gift shop while on vacation with his family, director / screenwriter David Swift called the studio to have the item recalled immediately. Lincoln never said, "When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." Swift had simply made it up. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Kevin Corcoran is playing with the large hoop, we see two girls pushing baby carriages side by side. In the next shot we see them standing very far apart so the hoop can go between them. See more »


Reverend Ford: We looked for the good in them, and we found it, didn't we?
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17 April 2005 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

This movie ,,Pollyanna'' is quite fascinating especially the leading actress makes a wonderful atmosphere while watching the actual film. A good adaptation but it would have been nice if they'd show the ending with Pollyanna on crutches. In some moments you could have seen a tear in my eye, which proves the fact of the movie being sad and realistic. Sweet Haylie Mills and the other actors make a great-standard presentation of their talent.Unfortunately their seems to be something missing and my vote goes for the ending. I also loved to see Agnes Moorehead and the lovely cooks.If you liked this movie you'd probably love ,,The parent trap'' with the same actress, or should I say actresses taking the lead. A good film for the whole family.

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