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Pollyanna -- Pollyanna is an orphan who brings sunshine into the lives of everyone she meets. But her aunt doesn't appreciate her effervescent niece, and it isn't until she almost loses her that the aunt realizes the true power of love and lightheartedness.


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Eleanor H. Porter (novel)
David Swift (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
19 May 1960 (USA) See more »
Just wonderful entertainment! See more »
A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hayley Mills ... Pollyanna

Jane Wyman ... Aunt Polly
Richard Egan ... Dr. Edmond Chilton

Karl Malden ... Reverend Paul Ford

Nancy Olson ... Nancy Furman

Adolphe Menjou ... Mr. Pendergast

Donald Crisp ... Mayor Karl Warren

Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Snow

Kevin Corcoran ... Jimmy Bean

James Drury ... George Dodds

Reta Shaw ... Tillie Lagerlof
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Paul Ford

Edward Platt ... Ben Tarbell

Anne Seymour ... Mrs. Amelia Tarbell
Mary Grace Canfield ... Angelica
Jenny Egan ... Mildred Snow
Gage Clarke ... Mr. Murg

Ian Wolfe ... Mr. Neely
Nolan Leary ... Mr. Thomas
Edgar Dearing ... Mr. Gorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Frees ... Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Stephanie Gorman ... Girl Singing 'America, America' (uncredited)
Tim Graham ... Orphanage Worker (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Editor (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... Mr. Geary (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... McEnerney, Dress Shop Manager (uncredited)
William Newell ... Mr. Hooper (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
David Swift ... Fireman (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Fishing Booth Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
David Swift 
Writing credits
Eleanor H. Porter (novel)

David Swift (written for the screen by)

Produced by
George Golitzen .... associate producer (as George Golitzin)
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Robert Clatworthy 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist
Ruth Sandifer .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Behm .... assistant director (as Joseph Behm)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound
Special Effects by
Ub Iwerks .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Jim Fetherolf .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Travers Hill .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gertrude Casey .... costumer
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Franklyn Marks .... orchestrator
Other crew
Leon Charles .... dialogue coach
Don DaGradi .... sequence consultant (as Don Da Gradi)
Walt Disney .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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134 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. (re-rating) | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1985) (2003) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19385) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1992) | West Germany:o.Al. | West Germany:6 (original rating)

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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 »
Factual errors: The sun has to shine right through a prism to produce the spectrum on the wall. In none of the scenes where the prism is important is the sun's light visible.See more »
Reverend Ford:If we could all just be a little more quiet, cooperative, orderly please. If we could all just stop shouting and cooperate, I'm sure...
Aunt Polly Harrington:There is nothing wrong with that building! All it needs is new plumbing.
Mayor Karl Warren:Today the plumbing, tomorrow the roof, and the Lord knows what - excuse me, Reverend - and who knows what's going to happen next!
Aunt Polly Harrington:You were very happy when my father donated the building to the town.
Mayor Karl Warren:Oh, for pete's sake, Polly Harrington, listen to reason! It's a dilapidated old relic! The dining hall, the dispensary. Even my nephew Dr. Chilton there, he noticed that. Ed, tell them what you said.
Dr. Edmond Chilton:I don't think I ought to say anything.
Mayor Karl Warren:No, no, now, tell them what you said. I want them to hear it.
Dr. Edmond Chilton:Well, I got a pretty good look at the dispensary when I fixed Mr. Geary's arm, and I imagined it seemed a little inadequate for thirty-two children.
Mayor Karl Warren:There, now you've heard it.
Aunt Polly Harrington:We all thank you for your interest, Edmond, but it's an equipment problem. We're talking about Harrington House, which is a landmark in this town, and I intend to see that it stays that way.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Shhhhhh!, 6 February 2000
Author: Gary-161

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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