Pollyanna (1960)

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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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Mrs. Paul Ford
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Mary Grace Canfield ...


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According to director David Swift, after looking at 362 girls for the part of Pollyanna, they still did not have anyone to play the part. One day, Walt Disney's wife Lilly went shopping with Disney studio head Bill Anderson's wife while they were in London on business. The two ladies saw Hayley Mills in Tiger Bay (1959) and thought she was perfect for the role of Pollyanna. The two men didn't listen to them, but they were so persistent that the men finally agreed to watch the movie and immediately decided to cast Hayley. See more »


When Pollyanna (and her doll) fall from the high bedroom window, near the end of the film, they land on the pathway some distance from the house. They should have landed, at most, just a few feet from the building. See more »


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Pollyanna's Song
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Introducing the first lady of Disney in the 60s...Hayley Mills!!!!!
31 July 2006 | by ((Near) D/FW Airport, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Disney continues its fine work into the 60s with the 1960 favorite "Pollyanna." This would be one of many movies that had Hayley Mills taking the center stage in Disney fare.

What's so good about her?: She, like, ran the whole Disney thing throughout the 1960s, baby!!!!! I mean, even though she may be old now, she was good, she was cute, and she knew how to make a really great Disney movie!

Now?: Psh! We've got that mean-spirited girl Raven running Disney now!!!!! (Booooo!!!!!) I mean, every time she had a song in a Disney film today (even the child-safe ones on my list), we generally try to avoid touching such films with a 39 1/2 foot...how should I say this????? DVD loading tray!!!!! LOL

So, what would you rather hear? "Let's Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah!!!" by Hayley Mills in "The Parent Trap," or "Very Superstitious!" by Raven in that bad, bad, un-Disney film "The Haunted Mansion"????? I'd pick Hayley over Raven any other day!!!!!

This shows how good old movies like "Pollyanna" really are. Watch this and Hayley's other films; you'll be happy! 10/10

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