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Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 19 May 1960 (USA)
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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Tillie Lagerlof
Mrs. Paul Ford
Ben Tarbell
Mrs. Amelia Tarbell


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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George Dodds: How'd you like to go down the street and get a great big dish of ice cream, my treat? Oh, no, that's a rotten idea. She probably hates the stuff.
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George Dodds: No kidding? How'd you ever develop a taste for that awful stuff?
Pollyanna Whittier: Oh, no, really! I really do love it!
George Dodds: I know the perfect place. Come on, girls, follow old Cousin Fred to the land of strawberry frappe. Unless you'd rather go down the street and have a beer?
Pollyanna Whittier: You're funny.
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6 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Everyone has their secrets. Some are cross dressers in the safety of their own homes. Some sneer at Baywatch while recording it and watching it later with the sound off. Others even listen to 'Tales of Topographic oceans' by Yes twice in one week and that used to be an arrestable offence. My secret is (whispers) I like Hayley Mills. No, I LOVE Hayley Mills. She can do no wrong. She is the ninth wonder. She is sweetness personified. And she's blonde too, musn't forget that. Forgive me father, I had to tell them. Now I know what you're thinking. No, I'm not gay. No, I don't have a copy of 'little blue peep' stashed away behind the bookcase in a suspiciously blank video case. Besides, she's probably a hell of a lot older than she looks in those films. She's probably 22. I heard Judy Garland was 36 when she did 'The wizard of Oz.' Hayley Mills. My god, I'm getting goose bumps all over. Actually, the heater's bust but never mind. Did anyone ever see 'Parent trap'? It boasts perhaps the most astonishing two minutes ever. Hayley Mills sets up a dinner date for her parents and launches into a take no prisoners fifties be-bop number on guitar accompanied by herself on piano. It's...well, pretty much indescribable. They don't make films like that anymore. Not off drugs anyway.

Pollyanna is a startling critique of modern mores and the moral compromises adults have to make in order to live everyday life. That is until they all get in touch with their inner Hayley. Did you know that Hayley Mills married that guy who played the serial killer in 'The boys next door', Maxwell Caulfield or something? Those two images put together are pretty disturbing. So I'll play the glad game to forget about it. I'm so glad Bill Clinton didn't get thrown out of office. It would have been a hell of a blow. Mind you, he's used to those. And I'm glad Karl Malden took the role of the Rev Ford in this film. It's worth seeing for his fire and brimstone sermon to his cowering paritioners alone. It's the ******* funniest five minutes of film ever. And just when you think he's finished, he gives 'em some more hell.

So, I'm not worried tonight. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eeeeeeeyes have seen the glory of Hayley Mills. Hey, wasn't it Juliet Mills who married the guy who played the psycho in 'The boy's next door' and not Hayley Mills? Juliet Mills. Now, there was a babe. Wasn't she in 'Nanny and the professor'? "The magical thing about nanny, is-in-luuuurve." They don't make programmes like that anymore. Not without Rabies shots anyway.

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