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Writers:
Rosalind Russell (screenplay)
Dorothy Gilman (book)
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Release Date:
15 May 1972 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Mrs. Polifax, The Spy Who Came Out Of The Kitchen. See more »
Plot:
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An eyesore, and not even a funny eyesore... See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Rosalind Russell ... Mrs. Pollifax

Darren McGavin ... Farrell

Nehemiah Persoff ... Berisha

Harold Gould ... Nexdhet
Albert Paulsen ... Perdido

John Beck ... Lulash

Dana Elcar ... Carstairs
James Wellman ... Mason
Dennis Cross ... Bishop
Nick Katurich ... Stefan
Don Diamond ... DeGamez

Robert Donner ... Larrabee

Tom Hallick ... Roger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abejin Ajeti ... Folk Dancer (uncredited)
Patrick Dennis ... Tourist (uncredited)
Adian Gola ... Folk Dancer (uncredited)
William Landrum ... Folk Dancer (uncredited)
Vassily Sulich ... Albanian Private (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson  (as Leslie Martinson)
 
Writing credits
Rosalind Russell (screenplay) (as C.A. McKnight)

Dorothy Gilman (book "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax")

Produced by
Frederick Brisson .... producer
Charles Forsythe .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joe Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Fred Bohanan 
Gene Milford 
Philip W. Anderson (uncredited)
Stefan Arnsten (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Poplin 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Keuhl)
 
Costume Design by
Noel Taylor 
 
Makeup Department
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
William Turner .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherry Wilson .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ben Chapman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Baxley .... second unit director
Fred Gammon .... assistant director
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Fred Giles .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Morrow .... artist: original drawing
Lowell Chambers .... leadman (uncredited)
Robey Cooper .... prop master (uncredited)
Les Gobruegge .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Wally Graham .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Don Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett A. Hughes .... sound
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
Ora Hudson .... boom man (uncredited)
Dennis Jones .... cable person (uncredited)
Brandon Kellogg .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Bledsoe .... key grip
Mark H. Davis .... camera operator: second unit
Lee Wilson .... gaffer
Warren E. Boes .... best boy (uncredited)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Gerstle .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gilbert Haimson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Harris .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joe Jackman .... camera operator (uncredited)
William C. King .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
William Perillard .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
May Booth .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Dell Hayden .... assistant wardrobe: women (uncredited)
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
André Previn .... composer: song "Merdita" (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... musical director (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bud Dawson .... transportation: second unit (uncredited)
Robert J. Madden .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor
Don Record .... title designer
Jean Adams .... production secretary (uncredited)
Dino Ajeti .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Wendell Baggett .... comptroller (uncredited)
Vera Burrows .... location secretary (uncredited)
Rita Cross .... production secretary (uncredited)
Dave Davies .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Tony Faehnle .... wrangler (uncredited)
Louise Griswold .... secretary (uncredited)
 

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110 min
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Trivia:
Final film of Rosalind Russell.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mrs. Pollifax looks in the mirror at the reflection of her hotel door, the digits of her hotel room number(700) should all be mirror images, including the "7" digit. But although the digits are correctly reversed in their order (007), the "7" is NOT reversed, as its mirror image actually would be. This is presumably because the film-makers didn't want the audience to miss the allusion to James Bond's number, 007.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1999) (TV)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An eyesore, and not even a funny eyesore..., 30 July 2008
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Dorothy Gilman's book, "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax", becomes wan vehicle for the winded Rosalind Russell, who adapted the screenplay herself under the pseudonym C.A. McKnight. Small town widow with nothing but time on her hands marches into the C.I.A. one day and volunteers her services; very soon, she's on assignment as a courier in Mexico, but the pick-up gets botched and she's kidnapped and taken to Albania. After a sprightly animated credits sequence, and the potentially interesting caviat that retired persons need to be stimulated by worthwhile adventures (even going so far as to become "expendable" for their services), this turgid tale fails to give us any undercover excitement. Russell isn't the plucky heroine one might hope for; she's a bit bleary around the edges, and her motherly nagging isn't the amusement it's supposed to be. This film has some of the most ungainly cinematography I've ever seen; Joe Biroc must have been nutty for browns and tans--his whole movie looks like a beige nightmare. Odd supporting cast--including Harold Gould, Nehemiah Persoff, square-jawed John Beck, and Darrin McGavin as the proverbial girl-chasing agent--are all pretty dreary. *1/2 from ****

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