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Pollyanna (1920)

An orphan's optimistic outlook brings a change to the ill-tempered town in which she resides to her aunt.

Director:

Paul Powell

Writers:

Eleanor H. Porter (based on the book by), Catherine Chisholm Cushing (based on: the 4-act comedy by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Pollyanna Whittier
Wharton James Wharton James ... Rev. John Whittier (as J. Wharton James)
Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith ... Aunt Polly
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Nancy Thing
George Berrell ... Old Tom
Howard Ralston Howard Ralston ... Jimmy Bean
William Courtleigh ... John Pendleton
Herbert Prior ... Dr. Chilton
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Storyline

When Pollyanna is orphaned, she is sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly. Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her aunt. But Pollyanna's incurable optimism - exemplified by her "glad game," in which she looks for the bright side of every situation - bring a change to the staid old community. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The Secret of Happiness Spreading the wonderful gospel of everlasting gladness (Print Ad- Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 5 March 1920)

Genres:

Family | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor del pueblo See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Of this film, screenwriter Frances Marion said, "We proceeded with the dull routine of making a picture we both thought nauseating . . . I hated writing it, Mary [Mary Pickford] hated playing it." See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1972, the Mary Pickford Co. copyrighted a version with an organ score played played by Gaylord Carter. Produced by Matty Kemp, it runs 60 minutes, about 2 of which is a historical introduction. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1884)
Written by Effie I. Canning
Lyrics in an intertitle when Pollyanna sings to her dying father
Played on organ by Gaylord Carter in the alternate version
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America's Sweetheart as The Glad Girl
31 May 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

POLLYANNA, the young orphan of an Ozark missionary, arrives in New England to live with her spinster Aunt Polly, a withdrawn & bitter woman. Through her `Glad Game' - finding joy in every situation - irrepressible Pollyanna slowly begins to change the lives of the entire community, eventually finding the love she so desperately craves.

This splendid family film, based on the Eleanor H. Porter classic, is as spunky & cheerful as its innocent heroine. 28-year old Mary Pickford is wonderfully believable as a little girl. She exhibits the sweet charm which made her the world's most famous celebrity. She dominates her every scene with star quality few others ever possessed.

The rest of the cast is also very good, especially Katherine Griffith as sullen Aunt Polly & Howard Ralston as young orphan Jimmy Bean. The sets & location filming are also worthy of mention.

The pipe organ score for this silent film is performed by virtuoso Gaylord Carter, The Wizard of the Keyboard.


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