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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Pollyanna Whittier
Wharton James ... Rev. John Whittier (as J. Wharton James)
Katherine Griffith ... Aunt Polly
... Nancy Thing
... Old Tom
Howard Ralston ... Jimmy Bean
... John Pendleton
... Dr. Chilton
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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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Family | Comedy | Drama

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18 January 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor del pueblo  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,160,962
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Catherine Chisholm Cushing's play opened in New York on 18 September 1916. See more »

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Version of Hayat sevince güzel (1971) See more »

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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 See 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POLLYANNA, the young orphan of an Ozark missionary, arrives in New England to live with her spinster Aunt Polly, a withdrawn & bitter woman.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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