An musical adaptation of the book "Pollyanna" set in the 1950's in which an orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town



(teleplay), (novel)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Shannon
Mrs. Conley
Jimmy Bean (as Brandon Adams)
Larry Riley ...
Rev. Gillis
Miss Priss
Mr. Pendergast
Miss Snow
Mr. Tarbell
Tom McGreevey ...
Michael Peters ...
Mr. Thurm

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An musical adaptation of the book "Pollyanna" set in the 1950's in which an orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town

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12 November 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The last performance of Butterfly McQueen. See more »


Polly: Miss Snow! rubs velvet on her nose/face Miss Snow!
Miss Snow: Oh! What are you doing?
Polly: You feel that! That means you're not dead yet and you better start living like it!
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Followed by Polly: Comin' Home! (1990) See more »


Shine a Light
Written by Jim Cox
Performed by Kevin Page, Dorian Harewood and T.K. Carter
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childhood favorite
27 August 2005 | by (Tulsa, Ok) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite movies growing up. The story of a young African-American girl during the time of segregation overcoming all odds with an effervescent spirit and a "glad" attitude really connected with me. The characters, music, and dancing are all light-hearted and fun. Although Phylicia Rashad and Keshia Knight Pulliam acted together in the "Cosby Show", the relationship in this movie is fresh. I found just about all the characters of the movie to be unique and lovable. I especially enjoy Celeste Holm as "Miss Snow." The relationship that develops between her and Polly, in spite of age and race, makes this story truly remarkable. The character "Jimmy Bean", a poor orphan boy, who befriends young Polly, the niece of the richest woman in the county, shows us the power of friendship no matter the obstacles. I also love the metamorphosis of Phylicia Rashad's character as she adapts to having this bubbly young girl in her life and learns to welcome the advances of her old flame "Doctor Shannon", portrayed by Dorian Harewood. I really love this movie and I wish Disney would release it to DVD or video.

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