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Writers:
Rosalind Russell (screenplay)
Dorothy Gilman (book)
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Release Date:
15 May 1972 (Denmark) See more »
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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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Rosalind Russell takes on Emily Pollifax 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)

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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WILHELM SCREAM: When the soldier falls off the cliff after seeing Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell hiding.See more »
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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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Rosalind Russell takes on Emily Pollifax, 11 September 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

In her final theatrical film (there would be a TV movie in 1972), Rosalind Russell plays novelist Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax in "Mrs. Pollifax, Spy." This 1971 film also stars Darren McGavin, Nehemiah Piersoff, Albert Paulson, Harold Gould, John Beck and Dana Elcar. The script is written by Russell under a pseudonym. Mrs. Pollifax is an elderly woman who after being widowed volunteers to be a spy for the CIA. Since she looks so un-spylike, one of the people at the CIA (Elcar) decides to try her out on a mission. She is to go to Mexico, head for a bookstore, watch for The Tale of Two Cities in the window, enter the bookstore when she sees the book has been placed in the window, exchange some code sentences with the owner, get the book and leave. Except it doesn't go that way. Before Mrs. Pollifax knows what hit her, she's en route to an Albanian fortress with a man, John Sebastian Farrell (McGavin). They share a cell. Mrs. Pollifax goes to work plotting their escape as Farrell recovers from a bullet wound.

The Mrs. Pollifax books make for light, fun reading, and this pleasant story is along the same benign lines. Some of the elements of the books are disregarded - for instance, Mrs. Pollifax's children never were told she was a spy as they are here. Rosalind Russell does an excellent job, and she looks wonderful, particularly when one remembers how blown up the poor woman was from steroids due to her rheumatoid arthritis later on. She was such a striking woman with a strong presence in the films she made over her career. Darren McGavin isn't Gilman's Farrell, but his dry humor is effective just the same - another actor who, like Russell, is sorely missed.

This movie doesn't move very quickly; in fact, it's slow in parts, but there are some good scenes, particularly the Christmas party that Mrs. Pollifax talks her jailers into throwing. You can really admire her charm and cleverness.

"Mrs. Pollifax, Spy" is one of those comfortable movies where one sees a lot of familiar faces and an okay story. You'll see worse, you'll see better - but seeing Russell and McGavin more than makes up for the script's shortcomings.

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