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Miss Polly (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 November 1941 (USA)
Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over ... See full summary »


Fred Guiol


Eugene Conrad (screenplay), Edward E. Seabrook (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zasu Pitts ... Miss Pandora Polly
Slim Summerville ... Slim Wilkins
Kathleen Howard ... Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass
Brenda Forbes Brenda Forbes ... Patsy
Elyse Knox ... Barbara Snodgrass
Richard Clayton Richard Clayton ... Eddie (as Dick Clayton)
Dink Trout Dink Trout ... Postman Wilbur Boggs
William Newell William Newell ... Hubert - New Postman
Ferris Taylor ... Mayor Walsh
Fern Emmett ... Mrs. Frisbee
Vera Lewis ... Elvira Pennywinkle
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Angie Turner (as Sara Edwards)
Virginia Sale ... Orsina Wiggins
Walter Baldwin ... Lem Wiggins
Mickey Daniels ... Elmer, the Grocery Boy


Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over two years. Her next-door neighbor, Miss Panadora Polly, aptly named based on what she lets out of the box later in the film, is doing her best to promote the romance between town-nerd Eddie and Minerva's daughter Barbara. Miss Polly also does a lot of reflecting on what-might-have been regarding her own life reference romance, or the lack thereof. She and her handyman Slim Wilkins and (described in the dialogue) "housekeeper and companion" Patsy try sampling some of the spirits in the cellar, as Miss Polly is looking for the one that makes one nervy and romantic, that she is sure is there according to family legend. She finds it and it works as advertised and even better, and it is no pretty sight when the horny Zasu Pitts puts a hit on grocery-boy Mickey Daniels. She skips - she really does - down to... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

14 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Travessura de Solteirona See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first purchased for telecast in New York City in mid-1948 by WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally released theatrically between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. However, no record of WPIX ever showing the film has been found. Its earliest documented telecasts on the East Coast took place in Philadelphia Tuesday 24 May 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in New York City Tuesday 16 August 1949 on WJZ (Channel 7), who picked up the Roach package after WPIX was finished with it. In the meantime, on the West Coast, its initial television presentation occurred in Los Angeles Tuesday 28 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


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An amazingly lame and limp "comedy" this is an almost complete misfire
19 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Uggghhh! Considering this was a Hal Roach production (the same genius responsible for pairing Laurel with Hardy and creating Harold Lloyd and Charley Chase), this SHOULD have been a lot better and at least funny! Instead, it's a film full of very broad and tired-looking situations. Anchoring this film is Zasu Pitts. Her humor is often pretty grating and unfunny, though she is an excellent supporting actress. Placing her at the center of all this was not, in hindsight, a good idea. And the humor seemed catered to a very undemanding audience (such as kids and those who thought I DREAM OF JEANIE was a great show), so there was no subtlety or finesse to the script, direction or performances. For example, the behaviors of Pitts after she drank the "magic tonic" was just awful and uninspired.

All this is a real shame, as the film began very well and COULD have been good. In a fictional small town, a large group of nasty old prunes have seized control of the government and have determined to eliminate ANYTHING that smacks of fun!! Believe me, I have known people just like this and taking jabs at these "holier-than-thou" hypocrites is a great idea. Too bad the execution left so much to be desired.

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