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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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A good career capper for Russell. Her fans should see it. 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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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A good career capper for Russell. Her fans should see it., 21 September 2007
Author: Clothes-Off from United States

While I wouldn't necessarily say, "You gotta see this!" I enjoyed it. Just the "time warp" aspect alone made it worth watching. It would probably be a tough sell for a non-Roz-fan, but there are several good moments for her to shine (often with just her facial expressions and no dialogue).

This was filmed in 1969 by the director of the 1966 "Batman" movie, to give you an idea of style (including animated opening credits). This film is not as campy but some similarities in style can be spotted as "dynamic duo" Rosalind Russell and Darren McGavin banter back and forth while captured and held captive just like the caped crusader and boy wonder were lo so many episodes of the TV show. (And of course, the acting is better, less cartoonish.)

I liked seeing McGavin (the dad from "A Christmas Story") and Harold Gould (Miles from "The Golden Girls"--as an Albanian!) in different roles. And as a movie buff in general, I would say the animated opening credits are right up there with those of Roz's "The Trouble With Angels." I think it's great that RR adapted the screenplay herself (under a pseudonym) so that her final film could be a star vehicle and not some throwaway two-minute scene playing Raquel Welch's mother or anything along that line.

Is the movie an indisputable classic? No. But a worthwhile effort? Totally. Especially compared to some of the klunkers other screen legends made as their final bows. I was interested in what would happen to the two main characters and enjoyed their rapport with each other. Overall, a good movie I would definitely watch again.

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